Self-Portrait

  • Priscilla Roberts, Self-Portrait, 1946, oil on masonite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1991.197

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Self-Portrait shows the artist as a young woman living in New York. Priscilla Roberts painted with photographic precision, copying her subjects “exactly and completely” and taking many months to complete one image (2001, The Wilton Bulletin, Ask Art Biography). She was an eccentric lady who lived much of her later life as a recluse, and the large straw hat, stuffed birds, and stepladders in this painting reflect her quirky, obsessive character.

Title
Self-Portrait
Artist
Date
1946
On View
Dimensions
29 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. (75.8 x 35.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum Purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on masonite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art tool – palette
  • Architecture Interior – studio
  • Portrait female – Roberts, Priscilla – self-portrait
  • Animal – bird – goose
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Occupation – art – painter
Object Number
1991.197
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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