Self-Portraits of Phyllis Diller

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Description

These two drawings on corrugated cardboard were probably completed by Phyllis Diller as she packed up her donations to send to the National Museum of American History. They depict two female faces and are possibly self-portraits.

Diller’s art medium of choice was painting, and she began painting for pleasure in the mid-1980s. During this time, she was staying in a large suite at Harrah’s in Reno, NV where she had enough space to set up several easels and canvases. She described her style as painting quickly and without too much thought about each individual painting. This quick style allowed her to complete anywhere from ten to twenty-five paintings per day.

Location
Currently not on view
Date made
c. 2003
maker
Diller, Phyllis
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
felt tip pen (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.75 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.22
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.22
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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