Great for leading into creating own self-portraits. Helps students gain an understanding of the message, principles/elements used and space/composition by analyzing famous artist's self-portraits. (self-portraits worksheet)
Don’t Hate the Selfie! : What Can We Learn From Selfies? : It’s important to remember that self-portraits are not new – although selfies were born when the phones became cameras and connectivity allowed instant sharing through FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, is the selfie really much different in terms of self-expression…?
The above painting, entitled Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets, is probably the most famous portrait ever done of her. The artist, her good friend (and lover?) Edouard Manet, painted the picture in 1872. Manet made a total of eleven oil portraits of Morisot. In my opinion, this is the best of the lot!