Early Works #25: Self-Portrait
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
On View: Contemporary Art, North Gallery
Faith Ringgold completed this work at the beginning of her artistic career, prior to the development of her signature painted “story-quilts.” However, its stylized figuration, strong colors, and bold black outlines would come to characterize much of her later work.
Here Ringgold portrays herself with a determined gaze and folded arms, in a gesture simultaneously gentle and guarded. The work makes reference to Pop art and the work of Pablo Picasso, as well as the political ferment of the early 1960s. In reflecting on this work and the political and artistic awakening she experienced during this period, Ringgold has said, “I was trying to find my voice, talking to myself through my art.”
Oil on canvas
Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler
© Faith Ringgold, 1965
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Faith Ringgold (American, born 1930). Early Works #25: Self-Portrait, 1965. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2013.96. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.96_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2013.96_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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