Mabel Alvarez

Mabel Alvarez (American, 1891-1985): Self-Portrait, 1923 – (Oil on canvas, Alvarez Family Collection) The enigmatic Self-Portrait was a work of sober self-reflection and coloristic maturity. Alvarez’s image of herself is defined by broad areas of flat paint… The composition is simple, symmetrical, and focused – a lean description of her face in basic terms. The black line around the rim of her hat, which also appears on her shoulder, is a device to frame color…

Mabel Alvarez Self-Portrait, 1923


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