Our class, therefore, was divided into groups of five or six and assigned time periods. My group was 1600-1800. The artists I ended up submitting to my group were El Greco, Caravaggio, and Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. But although I like these painters as individuals, none of them created a favorite portrait.
If I could have picked any time period, here are the self-portraits I would have submitted:
Doesn't he bear a resemblance to Johnny Depp?
A great image of an artist at work.
I like the dramatic contrast between her black dress and the white collar, and her somber expression. Manet painted a portrait of Berthe Morisot that I like for similar reasons.
Like the Courbet self-portrait, I like this one for the unusual pose and the painterly brushstrokes. I can't say I'm a fan of Reynolds' other paintings, but there's something I like about this particular one.
There's something very iconic about this portrait. Raphael was always very good with faces, giving each of his sitters a special glow and serenity of expression.
I don't much care for Malevich and his Supremist movement, but I've always enjoyed this portrait for the intensity of expression and rich color.
Everyone recognizes a Van Gogh when they see one, and he painted many self-portraits over his lifetime. I've always liked this one because it's the only one without a beard, and it has many energetic, vigorous brush strokes.