237130 | A2 | W4 | 4B Image Selection


Dürer, Albrecht. Self-Portrait. Oil on wood panel. Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Albrecht is known to be one of the first prolific self portrait artists. With this self portrait estimated to have been created in the year 1500 it is a very old and significant portrait. The painting is significant as it mimics earlier representations of Christ. This relates to my essay question as it relates to Dürer’s ideas of identity and how he viewed and therefore portrayed himself in his self portrait.


Kahlo, Frida. The Broken Column. Oil on masonite. Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City.

I chose Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column as another piece as her use of surrealism (argued by Kahlo as her reality rather than surrealism) represents her identity. Unlike other forms of self portrait, in particular the selfie, it focuses less on exterior appearances and more on what the artist wants to express about their own subjective reality and identity. As Kahlo suffered from illnesses and disability this image also relates to the idea of a minority confronting dominant identities.


Warhol, Andy. Self-portrait. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on nine canvases. Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This self portrait by Andy Warhol is interesting because it explores the idea of the artist as a celebrity. This relates to Dürer who essentially poses himself in the image of Christ as well as Mirzoeff’s examples of Velásquez and Vigée-Lebrun. It shows the way that artist’s have portrayed themselves historically as a person of significance comparing them to the ‘celebrity’ of the time whether they are a religious, royal or celebrity figure.

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Kardashian, Kim. When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL. Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCpQBQROS5l/

Kim Kardashian is a pivotal figure in modern day society. She thrives off of the increasingly visual world that we live in. At the very least she is a celebrity and at most she is a figure that is worshipped or at least followed by 66.8 million. In this case, rather than the artist mimicking the celebrity, the celebrity is the artist. To me this selfie is interesting as I believe that as much consideration went into the production of this photograph than in previous examples. Hair and makeup, an extensive workout and diet, questionable lighting and a wide angle showing a glamourous bathroom portray status symbols that add to the Kardashian identity.

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