ARTmonday: 36 Obscured Portraits of Women

If you follow the ARTmonday posts,  you’ll know that as much as I love abstract art, I am especially drawn to artwork featuring female figures. Among my many posts highlighting specific female painters or more frequently, photographers, who create quirky or elusive images of women (Cig Harvey, Viviane Sassen, Natsumi Hayashi), I’ve also curated a number of roundups, including Women Thinking, Women In the Kitchen, Figures in the Landscape, Women In Water, and Girls At Play. (For more, you can also peruse my Pinterest boards Female Figures in Art, PortraitsNudes.)

I have so many images of women turning their backs on the camera, that I thought for sure I did a post of those, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. Today’s post features 36 portraits of women whose faces are obscured in some way. The overall image might be blurry, her head could be wrapped in twigs (or a shower curtain!), perhaps her hair is in her face, or she’s wearing a blindfold. Or, the image might show what could have been a perfectly straightforward rendering, but then he or she dripped paint over the visage, or whited out all traces of personality.

Some of these obscured portraits of women are cloaked in mystery, others are silly, and still others, a tad subversive. I find them all appealing. (I left out the more disturbing of the finds this time around.)

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Smooth #1  •  Agnieszk Maria Zieba

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Petra Stridfeldt

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Andy Denzler

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Barbara Baldi

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Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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unidentified

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Julia Skopnik

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Annija Muižule

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Human Sculptures  •  Joakim Heltne

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Jose Romussi

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Wilkosz & Way

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“Portrait with the Cat”  •  Chiara Elisa Ragghianti

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Wool and the Gang

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Yann Faucon

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“Portrait with a Spectrum 3”  •  Chad Wys

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unidentified

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“Paper Butterflies”  •  Ping Homeric

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Maia Harms

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“Sky of Tears”  •  Tabitha Vevers

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“Essäché”  •  Flora Borsi

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Grace Coddington  •  Tim  Walker

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Rafael Sliks

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Melissa Gamwell

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Mate Moro

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Javier Martin

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Face-Kinis  •  Peng Chen

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“Ubearable”  •  Alessandro Passerini

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“A Bundled Mass of Confusion”   •  Robert Flynn

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Sarah Bodri

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Urs Fischer

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Lalla Essaydi

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“Portrait of Petra Collins”  •  Neal Turner

Marianne Faithfull by David Redfern

Marianne Faithfull  by  David Redfern

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