Is it an act of vanity or deception ? This is how I would like the world to see me, minus the warts. Or is it an act of self revelation where you expose yourself for all to see? Are you the actor, the egotist, the victim or loner or any combination? How do different people read different things into the painting?
Below are various self portraits I have painted over the years. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Self portrait 1972
Self portrait 1979
Self portrait 1994
Self portrait 2012
A fascinating book on this subject is " A Face to the World" written by Laura Cumming and published by Harper Press