Portrait of Edmond de Goncourt

Hlaváček tended to stylize his portraits of human faces, including his own, as masks or various forms of caricatures. In some works, inspired by Félix Vallotton, he minimized the number of strokes used to draw the image and emphasized its planar attributes. Thus, like a domino mask, the portrait both hides something and invites the observer into the subject’s inner realm through the emphasis placed on particular features. This ambiguity underscores the enigmatic nature of the artist’s personality: the psychological characteristics that co-create their public image and that he or she himself “unveils”, for example in autobiographical writings, interviews, or correspondence, can be both true and misleading.

Subject: Others
Author: Hlaváček, Karel
Title: Portrait of Edmond de Goncourt
Date: 1896
Technique: pen and ink drawing on paper
Dimensions: 4.3 × 4.7 cm
Origin: Karásek Gallery Collection
Licence: Free license

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