Self-Portrait

Alice Bailly (Swiss, 1872-1938) – Self-Portrait, 1917 (Oil on canvas. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC) – The red, orange, and blue hues echo the palette of Fauve paintings. The arching lines forming her hands and arms echo Italian Futurist art. Bailly embraced the insouciance of Dada by carefully delineating her breasts, the buttons of her jacket, and her signature bob haircut while painting out the entire right side of her face. Bailly painted intuitively and additively.

Alice Bailly - Self-Portrait

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