William H. Johnson, Self-Portrait, 1929, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.762
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.
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23 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (59.0 x 46.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
- Ethnic – African-American
- Occupation – art – painter
- Occupation – art – printmaker
- Portrait male – Johnson, William H. – self-portrait
- Portrait male – Johnson, William H. – bust
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