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Eastman Johnson

American Art

In this self-portrait, Eastman Johnson labors over a desk in a warmly lit room, most likely his Manhattan studio on Washington Square. The painting’s dark palette and quiet mood recall seventeenth-century Dutch genre paintings, whose style Johnson absorbed while studying at The Hague in the Netherlands. Some of the small framed paintings in the background were probably acquired during the artist’s time abroad, and the canvas itself is an artifact from that period of his life: x-radiographs reveal that Johnson painted this work over a copy of a Dutch portrait.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1865-1870
DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 7 13/16 in. (24.8 x 19.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "E. Johnson"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg and A. Augustus Healy Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Self-Portrait, ca. 1865-1870. Oil on canvas, 9 3/4 x 7 13/16 in. (24.8 x 19.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 1994.64 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.64_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1994.64_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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