Watermark Self-Portrait, 2007


Light and shade watermark, abaca and cotton fiber pigmented with carbon black

11.75 x 9.25 in

29.8 x 23.5 cm

Edition of 35

Signed by the artist on recto, bottom.


    About The Work

    This limited edition is a seminal work for Chuck Close. Watermark Self-Portrait is still based on his prevailing grid system. Although it is less apparent in the finished artwork, the grid is present in the process; the papermaking mold is a grid that functions as a sieve.

    Watermark Self-Portrait is related to Chuck Close's own essays in daguerreotypes. An early form of photography, the daguerreotype instills images into a plate. His likeness is captured using light and time. This parlays into papermaking, as light and time are crucial to the master papermakers at Dieu Donné Papermill. Daguerreotype was the first commercially viable form of photography, dating from 1839.

    Courtesy of Dieu Donné

    About Chuck Close

    From The Magazine

    • This work was co-published with Dieu Donné Press and Dieu Donné Papermill. The image is embedded into the fabric of the paper, created by a light and shade watermark developed by Crane & Company. The purchase price for this work includes a standing double sided frame as specified by the artist.

    • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from New York.
    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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