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Self-portrait in Water

Self-portrait in Water

Artist: Robert Stivers (American, born 1953)
Subject Matter: Robert Stivers (American, born 1953)
Date: 1991 (printed 2013)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 18 7/16 × 18 1/2 in. (46.8 × 47 cm)
Frame: 24 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 1 7/16 in. (61.6 × 61.6 × 3.7 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Fred R. Kline, 2013
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.46.4
Description
In this self-portrait, the artist depicts himself as a drowned man. Whatever events of distress or struggle may have preceded this scenario, the figure is now shown at peace, embraced and gently buoyed by the water. The picture recalls the French photographer Hippolyte Bayard’s famous picture from 1840, Self-portrait as a Drowned Man, which is believed to be the first staged photograph.
Not on view