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Virginia Cuthbert (1908-2001), Self-Portrait, c. 1941; oil on board, 30 7/8 x 36 3/4 inches, Gift of Virginia Cuthbert Elliott, 1994

Virginia Cuthbert (1908-2001), Self-Portrait, c. 1941; oil on board, 30 7/8 x 36 3/4 inches, Gift of Virginia Cuthbert Elliott, 1994

In this confident self-portrait, Virginia Cuthbert paints herself in her element amongst the tools of her trade.  With definitive paint strokes as well as multiple layers and colors, she uses a Post-Impressionist style.  Like looking through a window, you get a glimpse of her everyday life and the talent she possessed. Several other painting projects are propped up in her workspace surrounded by the clutter of her artistic process. Cuthbert had a long career in the arts, sharing her passions for art and traveling with her husband, Philip Clarkson Elliott, who also was a painter, photographer, and educator.

For Children:

A self-portrait is an artistic representation of oneself.  Virginia Cuthbert adds a lot of detail in her self-portrait so we can see what her painting studio looked like.  We get a glimpse of how she created such beautiful paintings and the different tools she used.  If you were to create a self-portrait, how would you depict yourself?  Would you include any specific details like Cuthbert did in her painting?  Could you create a self-portrait of what you hope to become in the future?

—Amanda L. Niemi, 2015