for personal reasons, e.g. erotic or narcissistic pictures. It can be used as a vehicle tomake you feel good or explore the unusual side of you, but most of us are tooembarrassed to reveal this privacy to the public
we want to keep this secret, butconsciously enjoy the vision. Frida Kahlo is one of the legendary self-portrait artistsin the art world; she painted herself in many of her narrative paintings withsubconscious memories and encounters. They are expressive paintings of lifeexperience, although many of her work involved her face, very few of them focusedon her appearance, even the close up self-portraits. She always narrated herself withselective subject matters, and used her distinctive appearance as a source to deliverher own unique story. Another example could be Rembrandt, who used self-portraiture to question his persona, role and position in society, it was an expressiveand liberating influence on him, and contributed to an understanding of self-portraiture as a fundamental means of self-scrutiny
.There is one type of self-portrait that is very popular in the history of art; artistspainted themselves painting in action.
, David Hockney and many others have tried to paint this scene. Thisparticular scene of painting in action has additional strengths: it offers viewers aninteresting sight of a visual studio visit, to reveal a scene of work in process
paintingin a painting. At the same time the image confirms the artist as a professional, becauseit gives him/her identity. The two former artists I mentioned are less famous than thelatter two, and their particular self-portraits in the act of painting are both shown asprofile pictures in Wikipedia
. It indicates that this type of self-portrait isrepresentational and open to the public, because it is inviting viewers to look at theartist painting. It also has the symbolic meaning of craftsmanship. The painting doesnot concern the appearance of the portrait, but the juxtaposition of the objects. At thesame time, the genuine artist who painted the painting has therefore stood out of the
whole scene and viewed himself from an anonymous viewer‟s viewpoint, or painted
the reflection from a very large mirror. This method to paint the scene echoes the
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