A Face to the World
written by Laura Cumming
Harper Collins | ISBN 9780007118441
Paperback – 320 pages
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This publication on the lives of artists sheds fascinating light on some of the most extraordinary portraits in art history. Self-portraits catch your eye. They seem to do it deliberately, so that you get a strange shock of recognition, rather like glimpsing your own reflection. For in picturing themselves artists reveal something far deeper than their own physical looks: the truth about how they hope to be viewed by the world, and how they wish to see themselves. Laura Cumming, art critic of the Observer, investigates the drama of the self-portrait from Durer, Rembrandt and Velazquez to Munch, Picasso, Warhol and the present day. Drawing on art, literature, history, philosophy and biography to examine the creative process in an entirely fresh way, Cumming offers a riveting insight into self-portraiture.