Autoportrait Day 190~ Sarah Bernhardt

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

Actress, artist, and writer Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)

1. Self-Portrait as a Chimera, c.1880 / Bronze
Various collections including Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

2. Self-Portrait as Roland’s Daughter, 1876 / Terracotta / The Jewish Museum, NYC

3. Self-Portrait, 1910 / Oil on canvas / Bemberg Foundation, Toulouse, France

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Born March 6~ Pauline Boty

Pauline Boty (March 6, 1938-July 1, 1966) was a British artist and the only female painter in the British wing of the Pop Art movement.
Biography on Wikipedia:

Celia Birtwell and Some of her Heroes by Pauline Boty
1963 / Oil on canvas / 59 4/5″x48″ / The Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal

Pauline Boty on Artnet:

Further reading:

January 17*, 1904~ Anton Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard” opens at Moscow Art Theater

Portrait of the Actor Nikolai Podgorny as Peter Trofimov
(in a later production) by Boris Grigoriev

1923 / Oil on canvas / 23 3/4”x28 3/4” / Private collection

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*Opened January 17 Old Style (O.S., Julian calendar)/January 30 New Style (N.S., Gregorian calendar)

Previous January 17 posts:

Winter~ January 17

January 17 (music)~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/17~

October 31, 1896~ American singer and actress Ethel Waters born

Portrait of Ethel Waters by Luigi Lucioni

1939 / Oil on canvas / 32”x25” / Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama

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Luigi Lucioni and his painting of Ethel Waters

Previous October 31 posts:

Autumn~ October 31

Katsushika Hokusai: Born October 31(?), 1760

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/31~

Harry Belafonte: Born on March 1, 1927

Born March 1, 1927 in poverty-stricken Harlem to first-generation Jamaican immigrants, Belafonte emigrated with his mother back to Jamaica at eight years old, and returned to New York at age thirteen. Midway through high school, he dropped out and enlisted in the Navy. Upon discharge, the young man studied and performed at the Actors Studio (alongside such legends as Tony Curtis and Marlon Brando), Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research, and The American Negro Theater. A singing role in a theatrical piece led to a string of cabaret engagements, and before long, Belafonte’s success enabled him to secure funding to open his own nightclub. His recording career officially began at the age of 22, in 1949, when he presented himself as a pop singer along the lines of Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra, but in time he found a more unique niche by delving headfirst into the Library of Congress’s archive of folk song recordings and studying West Indian music. What emerged was a highly unique (and unprecedented) blend of pop, jazz and traditional Caribbean rhythms.

Harry Belafonte, a supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement, used his celebrity as a beloved entertainer to garner funding for the movement. In her autobiography, Coretta Scott King said of Belafonte, “whenever we got into trouble or when tragedy struck, Harry has always come to our aid, his generous heart wide open” (King, 144-145).

February 29, 1940: Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar

The 12th Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 29, 1940, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, with Bob Hope hosting. Gone With The Wind was nominated for 13 awards and won for Outstanding Production, Directing (Victor Fleming), Actress (Vivien Leigh), Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler), Cinematography HM(Color) (Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan), and Film Editing (Hal Kern and James Newcom). Sidney Howard posthumously received the Writing (Screenplay) award, and production designer William Cameron Menzies received a special award for “outstanding use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone With The Wind.” In the Actress in Supporting Role category, Hattie McDaniel made history becoming the first African American to receive an Academy Award.

Oscar’s First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated ‘No Blacks’ Hotel in L.A.~
The Curious Case Of A Missing Academy Award~