Jacob Kainen (1909 – 2001)



Jacob Kainen, self portrait, artline
Jacob Kainen
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
Jacob Kainen, picture, artline
Jacob Kainen

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.
Here is an example of one of his images

Jacob Kainen, Bright Stromboli, artline
Jacob Kainen
Bright Stamboul IV, 1985
oil on linen, 66 x 86"


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