Mustached man with one paintbrush one hand and several more brushes in the other hand.

Self Portrait, 1908

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An intense competitor and a true believer in willful superiority, Corinth depicted himself as the epitome of the powerful, driven artist. With assuredness undergirded by decades of academic practice, he applied strokes of black ink—thinned out in varying degrees—that slash, dance, and sometimes scrub. Where he miscalculated, he made corrections, scraping the soft, textured surface of the thick cardboard. Finally, he shaded the background with broad strokes of black chalk, making his presence glow. His wide-eyed countenance, coupled with the ferocious intensity of his execution, lends a slightly crazed undertone to this Übermensch (superman), a status that would receive a serious blow when Corinth suffered a stroke three years later.

Details
Title
Self Portrait
Artist Life
1858-1925
Role
Artist
Accession Number
62.10
Provenance
Corinth family; [Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, until 1962; sold, for $2,500 to MIA]
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Mustached man with one paintbrush one hand and several more brushes in the other hand.