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Artist
Kahlil Gibran
Title
Self-portrait
Date
c. 1911
Medium
oil on Masonite
Dimensions
Sight: 17 1/2 × 14 1/2 inches (44.5 × 36.8 cm)Framed: 33 3/4 × 28 3/4 × 1 1/2 inches (85.7 × 73 × 3.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Haskell Minis.
Accession Number
1950.8.1
Symbolic of the close relationship between the artist Gibran (foreground) and his patron Mary Haskell (background), this self-portrait shows the artist meeting the gaze of the viewer and wearing a pensive expression, his face half-shrouded in shadow. Haskell’s disembodied face appears, vision-like, on the brighter side of the painting, suggesting the positive influence she has had on her protégé’s life and career.

Gibran utilized oil paints for a six-year period of his career; however, most of his oeuvre consists of works in pencil, charcoal, and watercolor.