Double Portrait of the Artist in Time

  • Helen Lundeberg, Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, 1935, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1978.51

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In Double Portrait, Helen Lundeberg incorporated different figures and objects to symbolize the stages of her life. The time on the clock represents the child’s age of two and a quarter, and the blank paper suggests her unknown future. She holds a flower bud to emphasize her undeveloped state, whereas the adult figure holds a blooming flower to show that she has experienced sex and love. Lundeberg connected the young girl to the grown woman with a shadow to suggest that the two parts of her life are “psychologically bridged.” The subdued tones and flat colors create a mysterious world where the shadow hovers like a ghost over the shoulders of both figures.

Title
Double Portrait of the Artist in Time
Artist
Date
1935
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
47 3/4 x 40 in. (121.3 x 101.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Lundeberg, Helen – full length
  • Object – flower
  • Object – furniture – clock
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – house
  • Occupation – art – printmaker
  • Portrait female – Lundeberg, Helen – self-portrait
  • Portrait female – Lundeberg, Helen – child
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Allegory – time
  • Allegory – life
Object Number
1978.51
Palette
Linked Open Data
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