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Artist Name:

Chuck Close

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, born 1940






Oil on canvas


72 x 60 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

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© Chuck Close, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York

Currently Not on View
Chuck Close's meticulous approach to representation has redefined portraiture over the last four decades, and has repeatedly returned to the self-portrait as a subject. With his exclusive focus on the face, Close constantly reinvents the formal composition inherent in portraiture–a multiplicity of shapes, colors, and techniques are often marshaled together by the artist to create an aggregate image of his subject. His seemingly endless compositional variations result from his use of a grid as a system for simultaneously rendering the overall likeness of his subjects while creating abstraction in the detail of his paintings.

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