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
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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
About Morris Kantor
Born: Minsk, Russia 1896 Died: Nyack, New York 1974
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