Self-Portrait

  • 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

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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.

Title
Self-Portrait
Artists
Date
1985
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (62.2 x 42.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Portrait male – Tolliver, Mose – self-portrait
Object Number
1986.65.142
Palette
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