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Artist Elizabeth Peyton Paints Self, Turns Vacation Into Tax Write-off

Elizabeth Peyton's E.P. Reading (self portrait) (2005).

When artists do self-portraits, they often portray themselves on a scale somewhere between anguish and mania — Van Gogh’s swirly, blue painting of himself with furrowed brows; Andy Warhol’s black-and-gold depiction of staring wild and ghoulish into nowhere — but Elizabeth Peyton presents a peaceful, if slightly somber, picture of herself, her dog, her book, her flip-flops, and her pool. A Peyton retrospective is on view at the New Museum through January 11.

Photo: Courtesy of The New Museum