- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Jan-11-2006
- Last revised: Jan-26-2006
Alice’s Bailly’s "Self-Portrait" takes a traditional three-quarters pose. The artist’s rendition of herself occupies the foreground and is colored in drab hues. One of her elongated and thinned hands holds a brush; the other droops downwards. Dabs of ambiguous color comprise the middle ground of the painting, and an abstract halo of red and green hangs behind the figure’s head. One half of the face is defined and in shadow; the other half that occupies the light is only half-sketched. The background on one side of the figure reveals the corner of the room. On the other side of the image is an abstract blend of colors.
This work was painted in 1917. During World War I, Bailey began using colored yarn to imitate brush strokes. She won an award for this work, displayed in Paris in 1925. Alice Bailly succumbed to tuberculosis in 1938.