Artwork Title: Autoportrait

Autoportrait, 1928

Claude Cahun

Artwork Title: AutoportraitArtwork Title: Autoportrait
Note: At least one site erroneously attributes this photo to Paul Nougé. Some sites give the date as 1929. A creative chameleon who openly grappled with gender identity in her life and her art, Cahun was keenly attuned to the quintessentially modern condition of self-alienation—a sentiment expressed with exquisite economy by her hero, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, in his famous line “Je est un autre” (“I is another”). In this polycephalic self portrait, she appears magnetically bound to her own doppelgänger in a monstrous embodiment of internal struggle. []

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