Research: Luce Center for American Art

Representations of American Artists

Images of artists and art-making abound in nineteenth- and twentieth-century painting and sculpture. Artists portrayed themselves in self-portraits or were captured in images made by colleagues. Some are formal portraits and many depict the artist at work. Other depictions, such as Malvina Hoffman’s bronze of her teacher Ivan Mestrovic (26.519), heroize the master artist. In pieces where the artist does not actually appear, as in the studio subjects of William Merritt Chase (13.50), William Glackens (56.70), and Philip Pearlstein (79.17), their presence is nevertheless palpable because we seem to be in their workspace and we see what they saw as they painted. Finally, some artists evoke their presence abstractly, as Louise Bourgeois does in portraying the hands that make her sculptures (1999.124).

21 objects are included in this theme.
13.50 William Merritt Chase
Studio Interior, ca. 1882

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15.316 William Merritt Chase
Lydia Field Emmet, 1892

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22.1958.2 John Flanagan
Portrait Plaque of Daniel Chester French, 1919

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22.1958.4 John Flanagan
Portrait Plaque of Julian Alden Weir, 1918

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22.1958.5 John Flanagan
Portrait Plaque of Childe Hassam, 1909

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23.254 Olin Levi Warner
Bust of J. Alden Weir, 1880

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23.288.3 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Jules Bastien-Lepage, Modelled 1880

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24.429 William R. O' Donovan
Bust of Winslow Homer, 1876, cast ca. 1911

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26.519 Malvina Hoffman
Ivan Mestrovic, 1925

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39.461 Thomas Eakins
William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River, 1908

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44.69 Abraham Walkowitz
Self-Portrait 1908, 1908

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47.152 Concetta Scaravaglione
Abraham Walkowitz, ca. 1943

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52.16 Thomas Cole
A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House, Catskill Mountains, Morning, 1844

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57.125 Florine Stettheimer
Heat, 1919

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66.27.4 John Mackie Falconer
Plaque of John Mackie Falconer (Self-Portrait), ca. 1870

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67.205.3 Rembrandt Peale
The Sisters (Eleanor and Rosalba Peale), 1826

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74.209 Laura Ziegler
David Levine, 1974

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79.17 Philip Pearlstein
Female Model on Platform Rocker, 1977-1978

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81.38 Jacques Lipchitz
Bust of Marsden Hartley, 1942

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1994.124 Louise Bourgeois
Décontractée, 1990

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2002.2 William Rush
Self Portrait (The Pine Knot Portrait), 1822; cast 1971

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