Born: New York, New York 1890
Died: Santa Barbara, California 1974
oil on wood 13 5/8 x 14 in. (34.5 x 35.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Claude Buck
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 39A
Luce Center Label
Claude Buck painted many self-portraits, often because he couldn’t afford a model. He was inspired by the work of classical artists, and in this work the subdued, golden colors and heavy varnish evoke an old-master painting. The dreamy landscape and moonlit sky create a romantic setting for the portrait, expressing Buck’s idealism as a young artist beginning his career. The figure looks back over his shoulder with an intense gaze, as if he is taking one last glimpse of the world behind him before setting off on an unknown journey. Even though his technique is very conservative, Buck’s decision to paint a wide-eyed figure whose head almost fills the canvas makes the image much more confrontational than a traditional portrait.
Occupation - art - artist
Portrait male - Buck, Charles Claude - bust
Portrait male - Buck, Charles Claude - self-portrait
paint - oil
About Claude Buck
Born: New York, New York 1890 Died: Santa Barbara, California 1974
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