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Maria Lassnig, Zwei Arten zu sein (Doppelselbstporträt), 2000 © Maria Lassnig Foundation

From Catharina van Hemessen, a 16th-century artist and pioneer of the self-portrait, to Suzanne Valadon’s early 20th-century paintings, self-portraits have spanned epochs and remain a favoured subject among women artists. Since they were excluded from model and nude classes for so long, they fell back on using their own bodies as examples, thus documenting various stages of their lives, such as Paula Modersohn-Becker’s pregnancy (Self-Portrait on Her Sixth Wedding Anniversary, 1906), or Frida Kahlo’s infirmity and confinement to bed (The Broken Column, Self-portrait, 1944). Whether realistic or abstract (Pat Steir’s Waterfall self-portraits), self-portraiture has often represented a form of emancipation for women painters.

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1919 — 2014 | Austria
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1940 | United States
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1876 — 1907 | Germany
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1876 — 1925 | France
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1913 — 1991 | Hungary
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1872 — 1937 | France
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1865 — Poland | 1940 — France
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1878 — 1974 | France
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1876 — United Kingdom | 1939 — France
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1869 — 1954 | Finland
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Ellen Thesleff

1901 — Germany | 1987 — United Kingdom
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1861 — Finland | 1919 — Italy
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1904 — Estonia | 1993 — Sweden
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1917 — Germany | 1943 — Poland
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1904 — Belarus | 1982 — France
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1862 — 1946 | Finland
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1900 — 1961 | Ukraine
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1921 — 1985 | Hungary
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1887 — 1956 | United Kingdom
Nina Hamnett - AWARE

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1902 — 1955 | Mexico
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1970 | Austria
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1886 — 1973 | South Africa
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1895 — China | 1977 — France
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1945 — 2020 | United States
Susan Rothenberg - AWARE

Susan Rothenberg

1911 — 2013 | Spain
Ángeles Santos Torroella - AWARE

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1901 — Turkey | 1991 — Jordan
Fahrelnissa Zeid - AWARE

Fahrelnissa Zeid

1856 — Germany | 1927 — France
Louise Breslau - AWARE

Louise Breslau

1859 — Switzerland | 1937 — Germany
Ottilie W. Roederstein - AWARE

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1827 — 1888 | France
Éléonore Escallier - AWARE

Éléonore Escallier

1903 — 1974 | Turkey
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Aliye Berger

1885 — Turkey | 1954 — United Sates
Mihri Rasim - AWARE

Mihri Rasim

1905 — Turkey | 1938 — France
Hale Asaf - AWARE

Hale Asaf

1893 — 1978 | Mexico
Nahui Olin - AWARE

Nahui Olin

1903 — 1985 | China
GUAN Zilan (Violet Kwan) - AWARE

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1985 — United States | 1970 — Mexico
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