“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead”: Original Oil Self portrait by Charles Bukowski

  • Self Portrait by Charles Bukowski.

Self Portrait by Charles Bukowski.


Item Number: 85704

Original oil painting by the acclaimed poet and author Charles Bukowski. Oil on canvas panel still bearing the 99 cent price tag from STD. Brands Paint on the verso. Inscribed and signed on the verso by Bukowski, along with a drawing of his signature little man with bottle, “For great neighbor Charley – Charles Bukowski.” Framed. The painting measures 12 inches by 16 inches. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 14.5 inches.

German-American poet and novelist Charles Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels beginning in the early 1940s and continuing through the early 90s. Referred to as the "laureate of American lowlife" by Time in 1985, Bukowski's work was defined by the ambient nature of L.A. culture, addressing the experience of the ordinary poor American. Bukowski wrote in detail about his various relationships with women and alcohol, one critic described his fiction as a "detailed depiction of a certain taboo male fantasy: the uninhibited bachelor, slobby, anti-social, and utterly free," an image Bukowski aspired to live up to. In addition to his writing, Bukowski was an abstract painter, painting in a unique style with thick, vivid layers of acrylic, oil and pastel.

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