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Self-Portrait

Elaine de Kooning

Self-Portrait

Elaine de Kooning
  • Date: 1946
  • Style: Expressionism
  • Genre: self-portrait

In the mid 1940s, Elaine and Willem were poorer than ever, and both were experiencing great difficulty in selling any work. In an effort to make money, de Kooning painted this realist self-portrait and sold it to her sister for a sum of $20, which she described at the time as "good money." The pseudo-abstract touches in this otherwise classical portrait are very much in the style of artist Fairfield Porter, who was a close friend of the de Koonings.

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