"The self-portrait invited the viewer to meet the gaze of its creator, making it the most compelling of all artistic genres," writes James Hall in his seminal work, The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History. In three classroom lectures and one museum visit, explore the genre of self-portraiture through an examination of four fascinating artists: Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Chuck Close. How does self-portraiture define out understanding of these artists' oeuvres? What are the stylistic, psychological, biographical, and cultural components? How honest are these depictions of "self"? What i the role of ego? In this course, analyze works and writings of these artists and explore these questions.
Course runs July 8 - July 29