Self-Portrait

  • William H. Johnson, Self-Portrait, 1929, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.762

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The exaggerated features and thickly painted background in this self-portrait reflect William H. Johnson's admiration for European expressionist painters. When he first showed these works in the United States, one critic complained that Johnson was too influenced by foreign styles, while another argued that "a man is an artist first and an American afterwards" (Powell, Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H.

Title
Self-Portrait
Artists
Date
1929
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
23 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (59.0 x 46.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Occupation – art – printmaker
  • Portrait male – Johnson, William H. – self-portrait
  • Portrait male – Johnson, William H. – bust
Object Number
1967.59.762
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