Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (March 31 to August 9, 2009)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 31 to August 9, 2009, (Cat.)
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[Self-Portrait with Orange Coffee Cup]
Richard C. Miller (American, 1912 - 2010)
United States (Place created)
December 20, 1939
24.1 x 18.6 cm (9 1/2 x 7 5/16 in.)
© Miller Family Trust A
Gift of The Miller Family Trust
The hanging ash on Miller's cigarette is a clue to the length of time it took to assume the perfect position within this composition. The line created by the division of light and dark over his right shoulder bisects his mouth, ending just beyond the left side of his neck. Miller's adroit use of complementary colors heightens the picture's aesthetic power.