Self-Portrait

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Self-Portrait
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2008.3.27
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 49 cm, W: 23 cm, D: 30 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2002
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
Eisch uses color to represent psychological complexity and depth. Colorless glass, on the other hand, is used to represent blankness, an absence of emotion, conformity. In Self-Portrait from the Outside, Eisch gives us his impression of how he is seen by society. His features are unclouded and straightforward. He brands himself as a creative person, perhaps, with a small gilt figure on his forehead, but otherwise, his head is colorless. Contrast this portrait with the vivid self-portrait that is covered in yellow enamel and the whimsical figures commonly found in Eisch’s painting. This is the opposite of the person seen “from the outside.” This is a personal portrait “from the inside,” revealing Eisch as he truly is, a person with many, often conflicting, thoughts and feelings. “I feel a kind of love–hate for the material,” Eisch says. “With the help of glass, I want to express my innermost feelings and let my silent conflicts become visible. I also want to influence the viewers and try to start some kind of dialogue with them.”
Department: 
Provenance: 
Eisch, Erwin ((German, b. 1927)), Source
2008-09-02
Material: 
Inscription: 
E. Eisch 02
signature
Scratched in enamel bottom right side on base
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-blown and enameled. Large hollow head painted in yellow, green, red, white and blue. Large unpainted area on top of head.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
The Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2013) illustrated, p. 2 (top); BIB# AI94221
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch (2012) illustrated, p. 4; BIB# AI88415
5000 Years of Glass (British Museum, new ed) (2012) illustrated, p. 224, upper, #282; BIB# 133950
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum) (2012) illustrated, p. 224, #282; BIB# 133950