Chuck Close Analysis

untitled-2Chuck Close, Self Portrait, 1997

Chuck Close’s Self Portrait is an oil self-portrait that was completed in 1997 on canvas. It’s a self-portrait, meaning that it’s Chuck’s own face, but it’s made up in a way that isn’t like most self-portraits. He’s compiled together a bunch of squares with different colors in such a way that it looks like him, while not being incredibly realistic. It has many different colors, many of which you’d never see in a normal portrait. The photo feels incredibly scattered, yet it feels structured at the same time. I believe that Chuck wanted to show the viewer that even the simplest of shapes can create something incredibly complex. I think that this portrait is a complete success, and is incredibly original for a concept that’s been done for centuries. If I could afford one, I’d hang this on my wall for sure.


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