Self Portrait 46 1/4 x 26 7/8 in. oil on canvas 1923
Sarah Gilley has asked that we look at this self portrait by Romaine Brooks, saying:
That direct gaze, those subtle grays, something slightly sinister yet alluring...just the kind of painting that captured my imagination as a youthful visitor to the Smithsonian decades ago.Romaine Brooks (1874- 1970) was independently wealthy, so while she focused exclusively on portraiture she didn't have to rely on commissioned work. Her work is dark in tone and has a sort of harsh honesty, partially as a result of her unhappy childhood.