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Self-Portrait/Photogravure

Chuck Close

(Monroe, Washington, 1940 - )

2005

Photogravure on paper

54 1/2 in. x 40 in. (138.43 cm x 101.6 cm)

Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Monroe Meyerson and Mrs. S. P. Halle

2006.24

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Close’s own face is one of his most frequent subjects. He depicts it with the same pitiless, photographic objectivity that he has focused on other sitters as in "Linda". His prints often echo the monumental scale of his paintings. Photogravure, the process used to make this print, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century as a way to make permanent reproductions of photographic images. It is a difficult and labor-intensive process, especially on this scale, but yields extraordinary richness and subtlety of tones, which led artists to use it not just to reproduce but to create art.

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signed dated and editioned at bottom

Keywords
American
Contemporary Art
Face
Glasses
Head
Male
Photogravure
Self portraits