John Kane. Self-Portrait. 1929

John Kane Self-Portrait 1929

  • Not on view

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. 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 .
Medium
Oil on canvas over composition board
Dimensions
36 1/8 x 27 1/8" (91.8 x 68.9 cm)
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
6.1939
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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