Self-Portrait

  • Claude Buck, Self-Portrait, 1919, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Claude Buck, 1983.46.7

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Claude Buck painted many self-portraits, often because he couldn’t afford a model. He was inspired by the work of classical artists, and in this work the subdued, golden colors and heavy varnish evoke an old-master painting. The dreamy landscape and moonlit sky create a romantic setting for the portrait, expressing Buck’s idealism as a young artist beginning his career. The figure looks back over his shoulder with an intense gaze, as if he is taking one last glimpse of the world behind him before setting off on an unknown journey.

Title
Self-Portrait
Artist
Date
1919
On View
Dimensions
13 5/8 x 14 in. (34.5 x 35.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Claude Buck

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Buck, Charles Claude – self-portrait
  • Occupation – art – artist
  • Portrait male – Buck, Charles Claude – bust
Object Number
1983.46.7
Palette
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