Back to Parent


For my piece I’ve selected Big Self-Portrait by Chuck Close, made in 1967-68. This large (107 ½ inches by 83 ½ inches, or roughly 9 foot by 7 foot), black-and-white portrait plays with the idea of what a traditional self-portrait is thought to be in the art world. It shows Close in unshaven manner, smoking a cigarette and looking tired. It is intended to show the unglamorous life of an artist, which is achieved by the combination of detail, pose, and color. The portrait was made painstakingly by enlarging a photo by use of a grid, then airbrushing and hand-painting in every tiny detail.

Content Rating

Is this a good/useful/informative piece of content to include in the project? Have your say!