Koloman Sokol ( Slovakian, 1902 - 2003 )
Slovakian artist Koloman Sokol is considered one of the major Eastern European printmakers of the past century. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, and the German Expressionists, Sokol studied under the Czech printmaker Max Švabinskīý, a professor of graphic art in Prague and a prolific creator of portrait prints. Sokol himself became a professor of graphic art, teaching at the National School of the Plastic Arts in Mexico City from 1937 to 1942.
This print depicts the artist at work. Sokol’s gaze into the mirror becomes his gaze out at us. His hand is held suspended above the print block he is working on in a return to the earlier self-portraiture convention of showing the artist with the tools of his trade. On the block, we see what could be another self-portrait, perhaps this very image, in the process of being created.
Amy Wojciechowski, DMA label copy, 2017.
- DMA Uncrated
Learn more about Koloman Sokol's Self-Portrait in this Dallas Museum of Art blog post.