Marisol, Venezuelan and American (born in France), 1930 - 2016



Etching on English handmade paper


Overall: 41 × 27 1/2 in. (104.1 × 69.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Fund



Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), West Islip, New York


Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Embossed, below lower left corner of plate: publisher's seal.


Marisol’s etched self-portrait acts as a two-dimensional form of sculpture; hatched lines carve impressions into the page, giving the illusion of depth. Hands reach out and intertwine, as if the artwork is still in the midst of creation. The right-hand edge is rough and unfinished, leaving space on the paper for growth.

Captured first in profile, her face includes etched lines that form a second face that appears to gaze out at the viewer. The combination of her reaching hands and twisting face suggests an internal struggle. The large scale of the work allows us to meet her eyes, one-on-one. As humans, we are always in a state of regrowth.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 111, Taking Up Space: Forming Body and Identity, curated by Milanne Berg '24, Homma Family Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 111, Taking Up Space: Forming Body and Identity, Milanne Berg, Class of 2024, Homma Family Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 4 March - 22 April 2023.

Plymouth State College Art Galleries, Plymouth, New Hampshire, Jaunuary 30-February 25, 1979.

Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire, August 11-September 24, 1978.


Fendrick Gallery, Washington D.C.; sold to present collection, 1973.

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