Before there were I-Phones,
great and famous artists
were making "selfies" of themselves . . .
in paint and pencil, not digital photography.
Van Gogh, Picasso, Frida Kahlo,
David Hockney, Rembrandt . . .
all have famous self-portraits
that today sell for millions.
But no one painted more "selfies"
than the German impressionist,
Max Beckman (1884-1950).
The above oil on canvas was the last
of over FORTY self portraits by the artist
and is on display at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Originally on display at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950,
Beckman suffered a fatal heart attack
while crossing Central Park to view