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
Gift of Joseph and Pamela Yohlin in honor of William Valerio and Bill Scott, 2011
Dimensions
24" x 20"

The artist Dan Miller (born 1928) was a student and a faculty member at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during the time Ashton served as its librarian. They were close friends, and Miller commented on this self-portrait:

Strangely enough, I recognize the Ethel I knew in this portrait, the most abstract of the three [self-portraits in this exhibition]. Not from the others. Her facial structure is captured in a clear, simple way. It's as simple as it is extremely introverted, as if she's meditating. I like the strange dichotomy between that dreamlike quality of her face and the vibrant, linear environment of paintings or whatever behind her. There's a lot of drawing in it, and I like that about it.

-Dan Miller

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