Before this morning, I didn’t know anything about today’s featured artist. I simply liked his self-portrait. I decided I wanted to learn more about him and found an excellent new resource, which I highly recommend. It’s the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Honestly, if you’re into portraiture, it is one of the most informative and easy to navigate museum sites I’ve ever used. I’ve discovered several new artists whose work I want to explore.
But back to today’s subject. This painting is a Self-Portrait by Clifton Pugh from 1954. I don’t know if I can put into words why I love it. I simply do. I love the color palette. I admire the fact that it’s impressionistic yet realistic at the same time. I admire how the background enhances and emphasizes the figure before it. Beyond that, my thoughts fall flat. I’ve got the writer’s version of being speechless.
If you are interested in learning more about Clifton Pugh, I encourage you to go to the National Portrait sight and read the remembrances of his second wife, Judith Pugh. If you like your information presented in more of a “just the facts” manner, the Australian Dictionary of Biography has a great deal of basic information, as well.
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