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Self-Portrait

A vividly colored self-portrait in oil paint by the artist Beauford Delaney. Delaney depicts himself using bold, thick strokes of paint. His skin tone is polychromatic and contrasted by a mustard yellow background. He wears a blue shirt with accents of red and bright red hat.

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  • A vividly colored self-portrait in oil paint by the artist Beauford Delaney. Delaney depicts himself using bold, thick strokes of paint. His skin tone is polychromatic and contrasted by a mustard yellow background. He wears a blue shirt with accents of red and bright red hat.

Date:

1944

Artist:

Beauford Delaney
American, 1901–1979

About this artwork

In this vividly colored self-portrait, Beauford Delaney represented his likeness with a vibrant yet haunting intensity.The son of a Tennessee preacher, Delaney studied art in Boston before settling in 1929 in New York, where he became a familiar fixture in the downtown art scene, befriending such Abstract Expressionist artists as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Using bold, thick strokes of paint to render his features, Delaney projected a penetrating, uncompromising view of himself, suggesting an intensive scrutiny of his psyche as well as his appearance. The visionary power of this self-portrait shares many qualities with the expressionistic work of Pollock from this time.

On View

American Art, Gallery 262

Artist

Beauford Delaney

Title

Self-Portrait

Origin

United States

Date

1944

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

68.6 × 57.2 cm (27 × 22 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Alexander C. and Tillie S. Speyer Foundation; Samuel A. Marx Endowment

Reference Number

1991.27

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