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Details about John French Sloan Self Portrait Painting Founder of Ashcan School American Art

Self-portrait, 1890, oil on window shade, 14 x 11 7/8 inches, Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1970. A young man teaching himself to oil paint from a book, Sloan painted on whatever was available—in this case a window shade—and from the only model available, himself.

John Frederick Kensett (American 1816–1872) [Luminism, Hudson River School, Marine, Landscape] Near Newport, Rhode Island, 1872. The Athenaeum

Spinning by Firelight - The Boyhood of George Washington Gray - Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1894

Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait, 1885 “Examination of the painting under infrared light and with radiographs has revealed that Gauguin made important changes in his self-image as he developed it ever more starkly. At first he portrayed himself in profile and included reproductions of his own paintings on the background wall. Turned to confront the viewer in the final work, he shows himself left-handed, like his image in a mirror, crowded in an attic space with a slanted beam, and cold.