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“Self-portrait with Model” by Lovis Corinth

Self-portrait with Model by Lovis Corinth

In “Self-portrait with Model” by Lovis Corinth, the artist is making a statement about his painting process. Corinth is demonstrating that a painted model represents the artist, while an artist in a painting is likewise the model. The female nude is facing the canvas as the artist himself would have done when painting it. Her hand flat on the “canvas”, touching it as the artist would have done, representing the artist’s own hand painting.

The model is Charlotte who became Corinth’s muse and preferred model, as she was to remain for the rest of his life. They married in 1903, he was 44, she was only 22. This painting was the couple’s second joint portrait, and the first after their marriage. Her pose refers to the classical images of muses by Rubens and Ingres, alluding to the story of Pygmalion.

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Self-portrait with Model:

  • Title:                    Self-portrait with Model
  • Artist:                 Lovis Corinth
  • Year:                    1903
  • Material:              Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:        1,210 × 890 mm (47.64 × 35.04 in)
  • Museum:              Kunsthaus Zürich

Lovis Corinth:

  • Name:              Lovis Corinth
  • Born:                1858 – Tapiau, Prussia
  • Died:                1925 – Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • Nationality:     German
  • Notable works:
    • Self-portrait with Skeleton
    • The Artist and His Family
    • Susanna and the Elders

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“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin

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Photo Credit: Lovis Corinth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons