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Rembrandt's Self Portraits

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 7:01 AM
Countless artists have used themselves as models.  This, a lot of times, comes out of necessity and convenience, but there are plenty of other reasons why an artist might model for themselves.

Rembrandt van Rijn is the first artist I think of when talking about self portraits.  (That could be because he's my favorite painter, but whatever ;) )  Some sources say he made 60 self-portraits, others claim he did over 90.  Whatever the number, it was a LOT.

The exact reason Rembrandt painted himself so often is unknown, but it has been speculated that perhaps, since he was struggling a lot of his life, he was the cheapest and most readily-available model; he often painted himself as someone else.  Or maybe he was doing self-portraits to express his feelings at the time; he sometimes painted himself with a serious look on his face.  Another theory is that self-portraits helped artists to be more well-known.  There was no Facebook back then, you know.  If someone bought your painting with your face on it, they could learn to recognize you, show their friends, you'd be famous!

Regardless of the reason(s) Rembrandt used himself as a model, the works he left behind tell us a story of his life.  Here are just a few of the many works he did with himself as the model:


1629

1630s

1635, with his wife Saskia as the other model.  She modeled for him many times.

1640

1652

1658

1659

1660

1660

1669



And now some questions for the community:


:bulletpink:Why do YOU think Rembrandt used himself as a model?
:bulletpink:Have you ever used yourself as a model for your artwork? Why?
:bulletpink:Do you know a great artist (current or not) that does/did this?

Let me know in the comments!

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:iconbeltaneh:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I have featured this article in a journal entry, hope you do not mind :)
(There was an article in The Guardian about this recently)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thank you very much ^^
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Intriguing.

I have used myself as a model - but only in high school. Like its said here - its the cheapest solution and they probably couldn't be bothered hiring models for us so we had to do a lot of self-portraits - to the point I kind of now hate them :P
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Haha XD Aww. May you never have to do another self portrait again!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha unless I'm willing. It feels kind of vain to draw your own face all the time :P
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure everyone has done a self portrait at some point - as a child. The self is probably one of the first things a kid will ever try to depict when he or she learns to draw. I think it's partially humanity's fascination with the self that created the self-portrait in the first place.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
That's a good point ^.^
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pinklady92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fabulous article on Rembrandant :D
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Glad you liked it ^.^
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pinklady92 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks again :D
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Abbyanna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I began painting self portraits mainly as practice. Most of my friends would not have the time(maybe not the patience )for me to take good reference photos of them.
Once I discovered that there are so many great stock images available I mostly stopped using my own image. I'm not saying I'm giving up on self portraits entirely, I'm just kind of tired of painting my own face. :bored:

I took one art history course about 20 years ago. I remember we covered Goya and whoever painted Dante's Inferno(Dore?). Sadly, other than that I recall nothing of that course.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I understand about getting tired of painting the same face! We had a nude model for drawing class once, and then we had the same one again and it was so boring o.o

I love Goya ^.^
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SilvieT-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of my portraiture artistic shots are self-portraits (stock shots are ALL self-portraits), usually I do because I have no one to take pics at, or, because, more than usually I have some ideas that involve my own feelings and I cannot think about anyone else but me, to express them.

Not only "classic" great artists did... there are some people here on DA that freaks me out of envy, about their self-portraits. *Senju-HiMe and *PureBlackLove are just the firsts that come up in my mind. :)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I've been trying to get my bf to pose for me, but we just haven't had time yet. XD I understand about having an idea that you can't really express to anyone else!

WOW those artists are fantastic. That second one...the makeup o.0
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SilvieT-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, she does some make up that.. well.. everytime I see her videos where she shows the steps, I feel soooo stunned. :faint:
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've have used my own hands, arms as models/reference. I tried a self portrait before and gave up as it was too hard XD.

Maybe I should trying to start doing a yearly one...
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Self portraits can be tricky! Have you tried using a mirror behind the camera? I do that sometimes so I can see how stupid I look XD
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
!!! That is a really good idea/tip! I will have to try that! Thank you so much :D
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I have done maybe two self-portraits in my whole life. I wonder if I am confident enough yet to try another one..
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Do it :la:
Sometimes it helps to dress up as someone else. Then you can play that character instead of yourself :)
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slyshand Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He got so sad as he got older :( He's like an lil old man or a lil old lady you don't want to watch eat alone.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Yeah :(
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slyshand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
On the bright side, he's inspired millions :)
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FredStesney Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
It's hard as hell to get friends to pose. I can hardly get my wife to co÷perate. That leaves one person who is already there, available and willing to dress up.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Indeed! I made a deal with my bf that I'd make him a Jedi outfit if he'd pose for stock in it. I finished it last year before Halloween, and we still haven't done a shoot!
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MercGribern Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
as someone who operates on a corporate ethos of "Budget? I have a budget!?" I can relate to using oneself as a basis from which to grow on. While I don't have any other mediums I excel at (If I drew anyone it'd make the internet's collective eyes bleed out) I have also used this in my own digital manip work (where I often try to have a minor role.) I'd have to agree on the vanity part as well, why else would companies like Porsche resonate with middle aged blokes? <---(is one such middle aged bloke -.-;)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Hey I like Porsches too and you're not middle-aged yet =P
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DancerofClouds Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
i used myself as a model before because its easy and I know what pose I want.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Good reasons ^^ That's why a lot of stockers become stockers :)
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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's easier to take photos of others, you can see if the pose is bad before taking the photo and tell them what to do, taking photos of yourself is much more complicated, at least in my opinion :D
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Haha, true ^.^
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and I did it because I was bored and waiting for the bus to come to the station.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Always a good time for drawing ^.^
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've used myself as a model, but I accidently swapped the spoon with yogurt in it to my left hand due to the odd angle that I drew myself at without a mirror.

...

Sounds like something from Lewis Carroll, doesn't it? :slow: Or at least it sounds like I was out of it or something when I wrote that.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Haha XD
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Rozrr Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now this is Art History. I used to do journals on a theme similar to this. Sadly I left dA and removed all my images. I also ran a few quizzes and found most people didn't know a thing about Art History. So I gave up.

I wish you great success with all this. Certainly more than I ever had...

I think many men are pretty vain, not in the same way as women, lots of photographers snap themselves all the time... I also am sure if an artist didn't have a model available then the practise of painting oneself is very good.

Throughout history many artists have painted their own portrait into a crowd as a kind of signature as to whom the artist was.

I really hope people on dA are not too preoccupied with their own images to look at your excellent article...
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I'm glad you like it! I'm sorry your efforts didn't get a very good response :( I minored in art history, so I'm a bit of a nerd about it, haha.

Ah yeah, I've seen a ton of examples of when they paint themselves into a crowd! It's so fun ^.^ Like playing Where's Waldo XD

I hope people look at it too! Thanks for your comment :hug:
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