|Francis Bacon, Oct 28|
And when Scorpio looks in the mirror what truth is revealed?
|Pablo Picasso, Oct 25|
|Roy Lichtenstein, Oct 27|
Roy Lichtenstein, so famous for enormous canvasses of comicstrip heads talking, has chopped up his own face and he is speechless.
Sometimes Scorpio would prefer to turn away entirely; quite a number of very well-known Scorpio artists have left no self-portrait at all. Georgia O'Keeffe seems to have left nothing. Perhaps it was partly because her partner the photographer Alfred Stieglitz took hundreds of pictures of her. But I think it could be a reflection of the Scorpio love of privacy.
|Jan Vermeer, Oct 31.|
And then there are the absent portraits. Here are two Scorpios who simply turn their backs.
|Rene Magritte, Nov 21|
|Zurbaran, Nov 8|
Here the 17th-century painter Francisco Zurbaran too turns away from the viewer to contemplate something much more important than himself. I wonder how he painted himself in full profile like that. It's interesting and appropriate that he has chosen to contemplate Christ in agony rather than, say, being suckled by Mary. Death is, after all, the province of Scorpio.
Someone else who prefers to distract the viewer from his own visage is William Hogarth, who's subject matter was so often the gutter another Scorpionic domain. He has included his charming dog. But unlike most portraits with pets, this one is dominated by the little fellow. I like his turban.
On the other side of the channel, his contemporary Chardin, better known for his gorgeous still lives, made a few paintings of himself in which he also wears some interesting headgear. It was the fashion and better than putting on one of those sweaty wigs I expect.
But look at those penetrating Scorpio gazes.
|Chardin, Nov 2|
|Hogarth, Nov 10|
|Antonio Canova, Nov 1|
And here is another Scorpio gaze. Antonio Canova, renowned for his sensual sculpture, stares at himself so intently that his mouth is a little open. It's an amazingly intense self-portrait. It looks as if he's holding his breath for a moment.