Self Portrait1966 by Alice Steer Wilson

"Emotional strength coupled with vulnerability makes a powerful combination. After my mother died, this self portrait startled me when I found it among her works-in-progress. It showed her strength of character and her self-awareness as she faced her mortality. The portrait was a project my mother started after she survived her first battle with breast cancer, but she never signed it or left any description for provenance. I dated the work by the visual clue of her curly post-chemotherapy hair."

Discovered 2001.
"...This is the face of an artist who painted until the last days of her life, while tethered to an oxygen tank and confined to a hospital bed in a sun room...."
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Dimensions (h/w/d): 22 18 (56 46)