On Artists’ Self-Portraits and Autobiographies

Natalia Zlydneva

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The article is devoted to the problem of self-portraiture in fine art in comparison with ego-texts written by artists. Many of the most prominent Russian painters of the twentieth century (Chagall, Petrov-Vodkin, Filonov, Malevich) were not only enthusiastic about the self-portrait genre, but also produced literary works about their own lives: they became authors of autobiographical prose, memoirs and poems. This article compares their life-writings and paintings in order to at model the relationship between visual representation and verbal representation in twentieth-century culture. It raises the problems of self-presentation in the context of intermediality, with particular attention to how writing and painting deal with time and space.

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self-portrait; autobiography; twentieth century; Russian art; ego-text; intermediality

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AvtobiografiЯ
Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Via Elisabetta Vendramini 13
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ISSN: 2281-6992
Registrazione del Tribunale di Padova 23-04-2013, n. 2326 Registro della Stampa,
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