Our appearance and character seem to be immutable, fundamental aspects of ourselves. For centuries, artists strove toward capturing their subjects’ likenesses in the most lifelike portraits possible. During the course of the 20th century, however, the art of portraiture became heavily influenced by modernist, more emotionally expressive movements and by major historical events of the age. In this exhibit, drawings, paintings and sculptures by van Gogh, Matisse and Bacon, among others, reveal how they viewed and interpreted their family, friends and selves in the context of a rapidly modernizing world.
The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso