Caspar David Friedrich by Angelo Walther

By Angelo Walther

Творчества автора и иллюстрации его лучших картин в цветном и черно-белом цвете.

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In 1910, de Zayas visited Paris, where his friendship with Picasso introduced him to cubist and primitive stylization of the figure. 23 Stieglitz exhibited de Zayas’s abstract portraits at his 291 galleries in 1913 and published photogravures of them in Camera Work the following year. Numerous experiments with symbolic and abstract portraiture followed. De Zayas’s abstractions of personality influenced Francis Picabia, who created his famous series of “machine portraits” for the American journal 291.

The Portrait Gallery also owns Clara Tice’s similar pencil portrait of Vanity Fair editor Frank Crowninshield constructed from slender female nudes. 26 This drawing reflects many of the interests in the Arensberg circle and was originally thought to date from the early 1920s before John Covert closed down his studio. Although it references that time period, the drawing now seems more likely to date from around 1950. For comparative drawings, see Leo G. Mazow, John Covert Rediscovered (University Park, PA: Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, 2003), 72–73.

12 Postwar anxieties and new concepts of identity formation ratcheted up the need for self-invention. ”13 In other words, the artist or author, scientist or socialite—along with the performer—had to assume the mask of his constructed persona. So do we see this element of self-conscious, theatrical personality in portraiture after the turn of the century? Not always. Duchamp himself, for all his experiments with and performance of different identities, was famous for his detachment. But we can argue that artists often did search for that glitter, that flair, that singular heightened element.

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