Early Works #25: Self-Portrait
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Faith Ringgold completed this self-portrait at the beginning of her career, concurrent with the rise of the Black Power and other radical political movements of the 1960s. Alluding to the hard-edged, mechanical line favored by Pop artists and the psychologically acute portraiture of Pablo Picasso, the artist portrays herself with a determined gaze and folded arms, in a gesture simultaneously gentle and guarded. In reflecting on this painting and the political and artistic awakening she experienced during this time, Ringgold has said, “I was trying to find my voice, talking to myself through my art.”
Oil on canvas
50 × 40 in. (127 × 101.6 cm)
frame: 52 7/16 × 44 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (133.2 × 113 × 7 cm)
weight with painting framed: 40 lb. (18.14kg) (show scale)
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Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler
© Faith Ringgold, 1965
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Faith Ringgold (American, born 1930). Early Works #25: Self-Portrait, 1965. Oil on canvas, 50 × 40 in. (127 × 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2013.96. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.96_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2013.96_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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