Self-Portrait

  • Morris Kantor, Self-Portrait, 1918, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Morris Kantor, 1976.146.1

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Morris Kantor completed this self-portrait in 1918, after only two years of art school. The simple geometric forms and broad lines of this early work reveal his initial interest in modern art movements such as cubism. The parallel bands of color around the head create what Kantor called a “corrugated” effect, giving the work a feeling of movement. The figure resembles an African mask, but still portrays Kantor’s own angular face and prominent nose. He turned to realistic depictions by the 1930s, but the combination of primitive and progressive techniques in this self-portrait reflect Kantor’s desire to experiment with various styles.
Title
Self-Portrait
Artist
Date
1918
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
22 1/8 x 18 in. (56.1 x 45.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Morris Kantor

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on linen
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Kantor, Morris – self-portrait
  • Portrait male – Kantor, Morris – head
  • Occupation – art – painter
Object Number
1976.146.1
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