About This Artwork

Beauford Delaney
American, 1901-1979

Self-Portrait, 1944

Oil on canvas
68.6 x 57.2 cm (27 x 22 1/2 in.)

Restricted gift of Alexander C. and Tillie S. Speyer Foundation; Samuel A. Marx Endowment, 1991.27

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Newark Museum, Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation, Jan. 13-Apr. 15, 1990, cat. 25; traveled to Charleston, Gibbes Art Gallery, May 7-July 9, 1990, Chicago Public Library, Cultural Center, July 28-Sept. 29, 1990.

Art Institute of Chicago, In Their Own Right: Images of African Americans, Sept. 27, 1997-Jan. 11, 1998.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Collecting: African American Art in the Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, Feb. 15-Mar. 18, 2003.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris, Nov. 20, 2004-Feb. 20, 2005, cat. 5.

Publication History

Esther E. Grisham, Art Education 46, 4 (July 1993), pp. 25-28, 37-40.

Andrea D. Barnwell, “Self-Portrait,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 2 (1992), pp. 200-02 (ill.).

Andrea D. Barnwell and Kirsten P. Buick, “A Portfolio of Works by African American Artists Continuing the Dialogue: A Work in Progress,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 2 (1999), p. 185.

Philippe Briet, ed., Tributary (Edgewise Press, 1999).

Judith A. Barter et al., "American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago, From World War I to 1955," (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2009), cat. 149.

Ownership History

Atelier Dore, San Francisco; Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York City, by 1991; sold to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1991.

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