Self Portrait Shaving by Armin Landeck

Self Portrait Shaving by Armin Landeck

Self Portrait Shaving

Armin Landeck

Title

Self Portrait Shaving

 
Artist

Armin Landeck

  1905 - 1984 (biography)
Year
1942 / printed later 
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
9 3/4 x 6 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
100 
Annotations
Pencil Annotated: "Ed 100" 
Reference
Kraeft 91.a 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
TILA113 
Price
$650.00 
Description

In this intense self-portrait, the artist is peering into a mirror prior to shaving. His gaze is ever so slightly to the left, so as not to be staring, and the unblinking look on his face is that of one who is trying to study the details of his reflection while trying to commit it to paper. He uses the drypoint needle with no hesitancy, capturing those details quickly, surely, and unflatteringly.

Landeck initially was not pleased by the result of his plate and did not print it until much later. Kraeft was apparently unaware of this drypoint as it was not included in the first edition of the Landeck raisonne. It is one of only a couple of his prints featuring a person.

 

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