Believing “human experience is the proper subject matter of art,” Martha Mayer Erlebacher employed her meticulous technique to paintings of people. Trained as an abstract painter, she studied the history of art and eventually was drawn to the more precise figurative style of Italian Renaissance artists. In this self-portrait, she focuses her direct gaze on herself, rendering her torso in a shallow space defined by a fabric-draped wall with her head framed by sky.

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“Self-Portrait,” 1975, by Martha Mayer Erlebacher via Tumblr