Ethel V. Ashton, Self-Portrait

Ethel V. Ashton: Self-Portrait (1940s) Oil on canvas
Title
Self-Portrait
Date
1940s
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Promised gift of Dorothy J. del Bueno
Dimensions
33 1/3" x 19 ½ "

In this self-portrait Ashton has depicted herself as a modern woman, active and thoughtful as she works in her studio. Here the making of art is a serious undertaking -no frivolous pastime or hobby. With canvas and easel in front of her, Ashton looks to her left, contemplating the form of a still life or model, or possibly her own reflection in a mirror. Her left hand on her hip announces her confidence. Her gaze is intent and her right hand is flexed, as if she is reasoning through the complicated intellectual process of translating her subject onto her canvas.

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