Self Portrait, 1947
drypoint, ed. 20
7 3/4 x 5 5/8"
In doing a self-portrait the artist has no one’s vanity to satisfy except his own. He is free to treat his features honestly, without illusion. But if he is too determined to see himself warts and all, he risks losing that romantic self delusion that makes him an artist in the first place. JK
about the artist
Kainen was responsible for getting the commercial art market going in Washington. He was the first curator of prints at the Smithsonian National History Museum which was later moved to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He painted, made prints, collected, wrote, taught and encouraged many local artists.