Mose Tolliver, Self-Portrait, 1985, oil, hair, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.142
Mose Tolliver was able to stand only with the aid of crutches after a factory accident injured his legs in the late 1960s. He then began to paint, and the exaggerated legs and crutches in this self-portrait emphasize his physical disabilities. Tolliver often used unconventional materials in his paintings and here included pieces of his own hair around the head and upper lip.
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24 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (62.2 x 42.9 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Ethnic – African-American
- Portrait male – Tolliver, Mose – self-portrait
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