About this artwork
In this vividly colored self-portrait, Beauford Delaney represented his likeness with a vibrant yet haunting intensity.The son of a Tennessee preacher, Delaney studied art in Boston before settling in 1929 in New York, where he became a familiar fixture in the downtown art scene, befriending such Abstract Expressionist artists as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Using bold, thick strokes of paint to render his features, Delaney projected a penetrating, uncompromising view of himself, suggesting an intensive scrutiny of his psyche as well as his appearance. The visionary power of this self-portrait shares many qualities with the expressionistic work of Pollock from this time.
- Beauford Delaney
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- 68.6 × 57.2 cm (27 × 22 1/2 in.)
- Restricted gift of Alexander C. and Tillie S. Speyer Foundation; Samuel A. Marx Endowment