Self-Portrait

Lucie Cousturier (French, 1878-1925)

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Cousturier learned of Neo-Impressionism in the early 1900s, while studying with Paul Signac. She became an active participant in the later phase of the movement, when artists adopted the larger, block-like brush strokes seen in this canvas.

The artist was one of the few Neo-Impressionists who attempted self-portraiture. She combined the angular neckline, wavy hair, and tilt of the head with a deft contrast of warm and cool hues to create a very engaging likeness.

Cousturier also authored biographies of some of the original Neo-Impressionists and was the owner of Seurat’s A Sunday at the Grande Jatte, which hung in her studio through most of her career.

Dr. and Mrs. Milton D. Ratner, Chicago Illinois; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1971

Object Information

artist
Lucie Cousturier (French, 1878-1925)
creation date
about 1905-1910
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
13-3/4 x 10-7/16 in.
22-3/8 x 18-5/8 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed l.l.: Lucie Cousturier
accession number
71.40.1
credit line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. M. D. Ratner
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors

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