Self-Portraits of Phyllis Diller

Self-Portraits of Phyllis Diller

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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.

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Object Name
Date made
ca 2003
Diller, Phyllis
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
felt tip pen (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.75 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
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