Self-Portrait in Green, 1938


Gertrude Abercrombie [b. 1909: Austin, Texas d. 1977: Chicago, Illinois]
oil on canvas
Gift of the Estate of Gertrude Abercrombie
Collection of the Illinois State Museum

Known as an eccentric, even by artistic standards, Gertrude Abercrombie based most of her Surrealist-inspired work around the self-portrait — whether it was her image or a series of stand-in symbols appearing in her stead. Self-Portrait in Green depicts an impassive figure of heroic proportions whose features have been simplified and painted as if they were carved of stone.

The detail image below shows the stone-like features of the portrait.