What do you think Chuck Close means when he says his works are
"paintings first and portraits second"?
Think about other self-portraits you have seen. You may want to
collect or review self-portraits by these artists: Van Gogh, Rembrandt,
O'Keeffe, ans Kalo. How is Close's painting like or different from
these self-portraits? One difference is that Close worked from a
photograph while the other artists may have looked in a mirror.
From looking at Big Self-Portrait, what do you think about
Chuck Close's personality? Why? Do you think Close wanted to tell
you about his personality through the Kiki painting? Why
or why not?
Would you have kept painting after being paralyzed in 1988 if you
had been Chuck Close? What made him continue?
Which portrait do you like the best, Kikior Big Self-Portrait?
Why? What do you think about the cigarette in Big Self-Portrait?
Chuck Close, Big Self-Portrait
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