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1918 Morris Kantor Born: Minsk, Russia 1896 Died: Nyack, New York 1974 oil on linen 22 1/8 x 18 in. (56.1 x 45.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Morris Kantor 1976.146.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Morris Kantor completed this self-portrait in 1918, after only two years of art school. The simple geometric forms and broad lines of this early work reveal his initial interest in modern art movements such as cubism. The parallel bands of color around the head create what Kantor called a “corrugated” effect, giving the work a feeling of movement. The figure resembles an African mask, but still portrays Kantor’s own angular face and prominent nose. He turned to realistic depictions by the 1930s, but the combination of primitive and progressive techniques in this self-portrait reflect Kantor’s desire to experiment with various styles.


Occupation - art - painter

Portrait male - Kantor, Morris - head

Portrait male - Kantor, Morris - self-portrait


paint - oil

fabric - linen