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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chantal Joffe


Self-Portrait with Esme
2009
oil on linen
84 x 60 in.
location unknown   
-Fair use-

This painting is a work based on a photograph of her daughter and herself. She made this work to remember this moment with her daughter as they were at this time. She knew her daughter would grow up and she didn't want to forget the times when she was young.

Chantal Joffe (1969-) is an English artist born in St. Albans, Vermont, and based in London. She attended the Glasgow School of Art, receiving her master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. Her often large-scale paintings generally depict women and children. In 2006, British magazine Latest Art selected thirty of the most important female artists of all time. Joffe was included for her large paintings which "are simply exquisite representations of femininity". In that year, she received the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award from the Royal Academy. Joffe primarily paints expressive portraits of women and children, often in very large scale. Painting in huge, unfussy brushstrokes, she is unconcerned with stray drips and blobs of paint, and sometimes leaves old outlines visible.