John Kane. Self-Portrait. 1929

John Kane



Oil on canvas over composition board
36 1/8 x 27 1/8" (91.8 x 68.9 cm)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
John Kane has 6 works online.
There are 2,311 paintings online.

Kane's 1929 Self–Portrait is considered one of the artist's masterpieces. The portrait is both a shockingly realistic depiction of the male body—veins, chest hair, and all—and an object meant for decorative display, with a frame indicated around the image edges and painted arches defining the figure's head. Like other self–taught artists in this exhibition, Kane produced most of his work in a concentrated period of time—the last seven years of his life.

Gallery label from Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing, March 26–July 7, 2008

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