Self Portraits by Chuck Close

Chuck Close has worked with his own image throughout his career, endlessly experimenting with the art of self-portraiture.¬† One of his most famous self portraits is Big Self Portrait (1968) where he¬†partially set out to refute the critic Clement Greenberg’s claim that it was impossible for an “advanced” artist to work in portraiture. Closes’s untraditional approach involved conceiving of and creating a unique kind of “mug shot,” a black-and-white idiom that exacerbated the subject’s blemishes and the original photographic distortion caused by the camera. The devotion to the idea of an unsparing, head-on view led him to refuse all commissions, as Close used only his own “mug” and that of close friends for his subjects.

ARTWORK

Self Portrait 1995 by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (1995) by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (1995) by Chuck Close
2013
Self Portrait (2017) by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (2017) by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (2017) by Chuck Close
2017
Self Portrait by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (2007) by Chuck Close
Self Portrait (2007) by Chuck Close
2007