Hans Alexander Mueller

American, b. Germany, 1888–1962

Self-Portrait, ca. 1950

Woodcut on paper

15 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches

Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, FIA 1985.25


Self-Expression: University of Michigan-Flint Student Organized Exhibition

May 13, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Graphics Gallery

When artists create self-portraits, they reveal more than just their likenesses. Self-portraits are often windows into artistic psyches, giving viewers a glimpse at how artists see themselves or wish to be seen. In a self-portrait, an artist materializes the abstract and internal on paper, deliberately choosing how to present themself. Self-portraits merge the artist’s objective physical likeness with a subjective and self-composed portrayal of their identity. Self-Expression is a selection of 20th-century self-portraits on paper drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, including woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings. The styles of self-presentation vary widely, featuring realistic to surreal portrayals, in serious to playful, and straightforward to complex approaches. Carefully constructed, and as individual as the artists who created them, these self-portraits explore intersections of self and artistic identity.

This exhibition is organized and curated by University of Michigan-Flint students enrolled in Dr. Sarah Lippert’s Museum Studies course. The students developed, researched, and curated the exhibition.

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by


From the Exhibition

  • Daniel Serra-Badue, Cuban, 1914–1996, Self-Portrait at Age 48, 1973. Lithograph on paper, 13 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches. Gift of Jack B. Pierson in memory of Robert Martin Purcell, FIA 1979.195