Portrait of Orval Hixon in Light Suit (Self-Portrait)

Portrait of Orval Hixon in Light Suit
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17549
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
A sepia-toned photograph of Orval Hixon in Light Suit (Self-Portrait).
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Orval Hixon was a Kansas City photographer whose artistic abilities out rivaled those of his contemporaries. Hixon was a master of his craft, summoning all his skill set to produce works capturing his subjects in profound poses. Hixon from an early onset pursued an interest in the arts. After learning he was color blind as a child, Orval followed a path into photography with his first camera purchased in 1898. Hixon discovered a love of photography, in 1905 he paid a local photographer five dollars to work as an assistant for one month. On the advice of a professor, Hixon moved to Kansas City and enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute. This was the beginning of Hixon’s photographic career. As a portrait photographer, it was Hixon’s responsibility to develop his subjects’ public images and give them a product they could share with theater producers, newspapers, or friends. Hixon also had an image to maintain, and portraits of him reveal his desire to be seen as a sophisticated, fashionable man of his time as well as a great artist. Most portraits of Hixon were taken while he was working at Studebaker Studio in Kansas City prior to opening his own studio. This print captures the right profile view of Hixon in an almost full-length pose, with a black background. Wearing a ribbon bow tie and attired in a light suit, Hixon sits casually with one hand in his pocket, while the other hand rests lightly on his left knee. Hixon stares confidently at the viewer in this portrait, with a slightly amused smile. Hixon was a resident in Kansas City, Missouri from 1903 through 1930, before moving to Lawrence, Kansas

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes