Self Expression, 1932
lithograph, ed. 20, 13 1/4 x 8 1/8"
Minna Citron produced many self portraits throughout her career. This portrait shows the artist in her Union Square studio with Kleins Department Store in the background. Her portrayal of herself is extremely casual and light hearted for the time. She mocks her tendency to be overweight. In 1947 she reworked this image into a much darker more abstract version. This version was printed at Atelier and titled Men Seldom Make Passes.
about the artist
Citron studied at the Art Students League with John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller, whose satirical depictions of city life influenced her own style. She had her first solo exhibition in 1930 at the New School for Social Research.
Citron moved from Realism in the manner of others in her time (Joan Sloan, George Bellows) to Abstraction which reflected the influence of William Stanley Hayter and a whole new generation of artists. Citron was interested from a a feminist perspective in her dual roles as wife/mother and professional artist. Her early work in the 1930’s is edgy and radical – often satirical critiques of contemporary society. Citron challenged the roles of women in the 1930, a period in which representations of women in art had become more conservative than the images of sexually liberated "modern" women of the 1920s.New York Times, Roberta Smith