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Self-Portrait 1908

Abraham Walkowitz

American Art

The slightly turned view of the face and the sidelong gaze seen here are characteristic of self-portraits, which were often done while looking in a mirror. This method produces a reverse image of the subject (compare Max Weber's portrait of Walkowitz, also on this screen, in which the part in the hair appears on the opposite side).

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1908
DIMENSIONS 21 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (54 x 47 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed upper left in black: "A. WALKOWITZ / 1908"; signed lower left: A Walkowitz / 1908"; signed verso on stretcher: "Walkowitz / A Portrait"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Abraham Walkowitz (American, born Russia, 1878–1965). Self-Portrait 1908, 1908. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (54 x 47 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 44.69 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 44.69_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 44.69_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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