Self-Portrait

 
Self-Portrait
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  • Title :     Self-Portrait
  • Artist:     Emil Jean Kosa, Jr. Artist
  • Accession:     TD1991.107.1
  • Country:     United States Los Angeles California
  • Date:     circa 1935
  • Dimensions:     Inches 78 47-3/4, Centimeters 198.1 121.3
  • Collection:     Object
  • Category:     Paintings and Sculpture
  • Subject:     Figurative , Portraits , Allegory
  • Credit Line:     The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection
  • URL:     TD1991.107.1.JPG
  • Tags:     Paintings and Sculpture
Description:
Oil on canvas painting depicting large central nude male figure flanked by portraits, foliage, defoliated tree; self-portrait of artist spanning across the canvas depicting the aging process; cog wheels, politicians, the church are represented at bottom. Per vendor interpretation, imagery depicts: Upper corners: the artist's parents. Top, center: the almighty. Center: man idealized Grouped around the central figure: 11 self-portraits of the artist from birth to death. Between idealized man's legs: the city. At base: religion, politics. Two giant cogs that bear not only the obvious allusion to work and productivity, but as well suggest the wheel of fortune. The lily, as symbol of life, hope, resurrection; the gnarled tree as both opposite of and counter to the lily.