After years of working anonymously as the power duo behind eyesofodysseus, Odie and I and finally saying hello – in person.
We are glad to have met you and to finally be meeting you, vis a vis. Thanks for being a part of our blog even though we were I. D. ‘strangers’ til now.
More of us, our writing, and less of our anonymity to come.
the following is a selection of self-portraits drawn by the grand masters of oil painting. i hope you enjoy their singular truth!
truly great painted self portraits are feats of artistic magic. since the subject and creator are the same the artist’s view into the subjects soul is as clear as humanly possible. All of the subject’s varying emotions, changing sentiments, conflicting opinions, and changes in appearance are completely known and therefore, the painter faces the challenge of choosing which of the millions of aspects of himself* to include and which to dismiss. sure, there is a hint of selective editing in this process. but there is also a clairvoyance, or final truth, in “reflective” portraiture that cannot be found an any other type of portrait art.
extra credit: can we seperate the artist from his self portrait?
if we do not know the artists biography can we know the painting?