Autoportrait Day 189~ Alison Bechdel

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

Cartoonist, writer, and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel (born 1960)

1. Self portrait as Harriet the Spy, published in New York Times July 26, 2012

2. Self portrait for The New Yorker, published April 16, 2012

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Why Alison Bechdel’s ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’ is still popular after nearly 40 years

Read the 1985 comic strip that inspired the Bechdel Test.

Born January 19~ Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra

Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra (January 19, 1886-1981) was an Austrian sculptor, graphic artist, and illustrator.
Biography on Swedish Wikipedia:

Little Peasant Girl by Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra
c.1930 / Soft-ground etching on paper / 14″x11 4/5″ / The British Museum, London, UK

Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra at The British Museum:

Further reading:
“The Memory Factory: The Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900” on Google Books

June 20~ Pride Month

Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns

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RR: “I’m not frightened of the affection that Jasper and I had, both personally and as working artists.
I don’t see any sin or conflict in those days when each of us was the most important person in each other’s lives.”
~Rauschenberg, with Affection by Richard Meyer

Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns in Johns’s Pearl Street studio, New York, c.1954,
photo by Rachel Rosenthal

Short Circuit by Robert Rauschenberg
1955 / Oil, fabric, notebook paper, postcard, printed reproductions, concert program, and autograph on canvas, wood supports, and cabinets / MoMA, NY, NY

A painting by his former wife, artist Susan Weil, appears behind the right door, and a flag composition by Jasper Johns once sat behind the left door. (It went missing in 1965 and was replaced at Rauschenberg’s invitation with a facsimile by the artist Elaine Sturtevant.)


Target with Four Faces
by Jasper Johns
1955 / Encaustic on newspaper and cloth over canvas surmounted by four tinted-plaster faces in wood box with hinged front / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

The faces were cast over the course of several months. He used a friend and neighbor as a model. The faces are abstracted by their having been cropped at the eyes. They become a kind of banner above the target.

June 17~ Pride Month

Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietilä

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They found one another at the Artists’ Guild Christmas party in Helsinki in 1955…and their relationship gradually developed in the course of the following spring. “At last I’ve found my way to the one I want to be with,” Tove Jansson wrote in one of her first letters to Tuulikki Pietilä in the summer of 1956. FROM Literary Hub

Self-Portrait by Tove Jansson
1942 / Oil on canvas / Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Self-Portrait with Flowers by Tuulikki Pietilä
1947 / Drypoint / Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

June 15~ Pride Month

Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

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MacBryde moved to Glasgow to study at the School of Art from 1932–1937 and met Colquhoun, who won a scholarship to study there in 1933, a year later. From that point onwards they became inseparable.
The Painters Colquhoun & McBryde (The Two Roberts) by Ian Fleming
1937-1938 / Oil on canvas / The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, Scotland, UK

Woman with a Goat by Robert Colquhoun
ND / Oil on canvas / Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool, UK












Still Life, Vegetables by Robert MacBryde (1913–1966)
ND / Oil on canvas / Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Scotland, UK

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 24

Evolution of Swing by Raymond Steth

1939 / Lithograph / 12 11/16”x16 3/4” / Various including Free Library of Philadelphia, PA

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See also: February 24~ African-American visual artists

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 20

Window by Ernest Crichlow

1987 / Oil on canvas / Dimensions? / Private collection of Myrna Colley-Lee

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See also: February 20~ African-American visual artists

January 5, 1895~ Alfred Dreyfus dishonorably discharged and demoted

Le Capitaine Dreyfus from “The Dreyfus Affair” by Ben Shahn

1984 / Pochoir lithograph on paper / 15 7/16”x11 15/16”
various incl. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

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Previous January 5 posts:

Winter~ January 5

George Washington Carver: c.1864 – January 5, 1943

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/5~

December 19, 1907~ Hugo Simberg sends a postcard from the United States

Self-Portrait by Hugo Simberg

1907 / Oil on canvas / 17”x14” / Finnish National Gallery: Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

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“Over the Ocean: Hugo Simberg in America”~

“Amerikka” (24 photos)~

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Previous December 19 posts:

December 19~ Animals in Art

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/19~

April 22, 1970~ First annual Earth Day

Earth Day 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg

1970 / Lithograph and collage / 52 1/2”x37 1/2”
Edition of 50, based on his original design of an offset-printed poster

Previous April 22 posts:

Spring~ April 22

John Waters: Born April 22, 1946 (1)

John Waters: Born April 22, 1946 (2)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/22~