A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries
Sonia Gechtoff (September 25, 1926-February 1, 2018) was an American abstract expressionist artist; her primary medium was painting.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Gechtoff
Etya by Sonia Gechtoff
1958 / Oil on canvas / 109″x68″ / Oakland Museum of California
Sonia Gechtoff on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/sonia-gechtoff/
c.1868-1871 / Lithograph / Image: 11 7/8”x8 7/16”
Various collections including Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA
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[In 1965] MoMA asked him to design a Christmas card. Inspired by his recent painting, he chose the single word ‘love’, the letters of which he arranged on two lines to fit the card’s square format better. To create a more interesting design he angled the ‘o’. Indiana submitted several colour variations. The museum chose the one with red letters against a blue and green background.
It was inspired by a sign at a gas station. During the Depression, my father worked for Phillips 66, which had a huge sign up in the sky. I can still see that red and green sign against the blue Indiana sky. My first ”Love” was red, green and blue.
Few Pop images are more widely recognized than Indiana’s LOVE…[it]has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps. Full of erotic, religious, autobiographical, and political underpinnings—especially when it was co-opted as an emblem of 1960s idealism—LOVE is both accessible and complex in meaning. In printed works, Indiana has rendered LOVE in a variety of colors, compositions, and techniques. He even translated it into Hebrew for a print and a sculpture at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
What artist experimented with optical patterns since the 1930s and was widely accepted as Op-Art’s “grandfather”?
Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/09/april-9/
Chagall himself said he was a dreamer who never woke up. “Some art historians have sought to decrypt his symbols,” says Jean-Michel Foray, director of the Marc Chagall Biblical Message Museum in Nice, “but there’s no consensus on what they mean. We cannot interpret them because they are simply part of his world, like figures from a dream.” ~The Elusive Marc Chagall, Smithsonian, December 2003