Double Portrait

  • Alfonso Ossorio, Double Portrait, 1944, watercolor and black ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1993.70

Exhibition Label
This elegant, hallucinatory drawing combines grotesque anatomical fragments, realistic portraiture, and surrealistic fantasy. Ossorio’s state of mind can only be described as tormented, induced by his World War II experiences, a recent divorce, and his uneasy acknowledgement of homosexuality. Double Portrait is based on his memories of Camp Ellis, Illinois, where he suffered a life-threatening accident and documented injured soldiers and prisoners of war as a medical illustrator.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Title
Double Portrait
Artist
Date
1944
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 14 x 20 in. (35.5 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor and black ink on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Collamore, Bacon
  • Portrait male – Darbey, James
  • Portrait group
Object Number
1993.70
Palette
Linked Open Data
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