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Self-Portrait

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1912

Artist:

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Polish, 1885–1939

About this artwork

For Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, photography was an intimate affair. Known primarily as a writer, painter, and art theorist, Witkiewicz created portraits of himself and his close acquaintances as private experiments. They were not publicly exhibited until decades after his death. In this self-portrait, Witkiewicz’s moody approach privileges psy-chological intensity over physical description. Although the glowing lamp—the only part of the image in sharp focus— casts the left half of his face into shadow, Witkiewicz’s forceful gaze commands attention. Its intensity charges the portrait with nervous energy, conveying something of the turbulence of the artist’s personality.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Title

Self-Portrait

Place

Poland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1907–1917

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

12.9 × 17.7 cm (5 1/8 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Stefan Okolowicz

Reference Number

2012.695

Extended information about this artwork

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