The Bhutan Vanguards, CBA's team of artists, compete in the Cosmic Middle League.

The Vanguards return to cosmic baseball after a two season suspension imposed when they failed to meet certain performance minimums. One of the original Flat League teams created on December 31, 1981 (CBA Executive Bulletin No. 8), the team's overall record stands at 931 wins and 1039 losses.

The Vanguards have been to the Cosmic Universal Series once. In 1992, with a record of 86-76 they met the Nirvanaville Yogis (100-62) in the Series. Nobody expected the fair-to-middling' paintboys to fare very well but they beat the Yogis in an improbable four-game sweep.

The following season, 1993, the Vanguards were back in the cosmic cellar posting the worst record of the season, 64-98. After a contentious 1994 season, the league decided to suspend the squad and give management a chance to regroup.

Original owner Charles Foster Kane sold the team to a young woman, Tess Rose, who promptly canned longtime manager Marcel Duchamp. Rose hired the flamboyant Salvador Dali who with general manager Claude Monet spent two years acquiring new players. This year's team includes 12 rookies including three green pitchers. The most notable newcomer is the 8 year old Hitomi Yoshida, a young girl from Japan.


Most of the cosmic player self-portrait detail images are linked to much larger full size versions. Click on the image to use the link.

Other Resources

For more information about some of this year's Vanguards, we recommend visiting the very informative WebMuseum.

Another useful site for online art images can be found at this Germany-based site.

Nerd World's Artists Home Pages also contains useful links to art and artist-related sites.

Finally, since the self-portrait theme has been emphasized this year, we invite you to take a look at the Gallery of Self-Portraits which displays lots of examples of self-portraits, and invites submissions.

Francis Bacon, Rightfield


Self-portrait, 1971
Oil on canvas. 35.5 x 30.5 cm (14 x 12 inches)
Musee National d'Art Moderne. Paris

Paul Cezanne, Pitcher


Self-portrait, 1875
Oil on canvas. 66 x 55 cm (26 x 21 5/8 inches)
Private collection

Marc Chagall, Pitcher


no other data available

Elaine de Kooning, Pitcher


Self-portrait, 1946
Oil on masonite
National Portrait Gallery. Washington, D.C.

Albrecht Durer, Pitcher


Self-portrait (at age 28), 1500
Oil on panel. 67 x 49 cm (26 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches)
Alte Pinakothek. Munich, Germany

Anthony van Dyck, Pitcher


No link available

Oil on canvas.
Munich, Germany

Lucian Freud, Catcher

born 1922

Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985
Oil on canvas. 56.2 x 51.2 cm
Private collection

Paul Gauguin, Pitcher


No link available
no data available

Hans Hofmann, Thirdbase


Self-portrait with brushes, 1942
Casein on plywood
Emmerich Gallery. New York

Edward Hopper, Infield


Self-portrait, 1925-30
Oil on canvas. 25 1/16 x 20 3/8 inches
Whiteny Museum of American Art. New York

Frida Kahlo, Pitcher


Self-portrait with necklace, 1933

Olof Krans, Outfield



Emile Lahner, Outfield



Kasimir Malevich, Infield


Self-portrait, 1933
Oil on canvas. 73 x 66 cm
State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg

Juan Miro, Shortstop


Self-portrait, 1919
73 x 60 cm
Musee Picasso. Paris

Edvard Munch, Pitcher


Self-portrait in Hell, 1903

Claes Oldenburg, Leftfield

born 1929

Symbolic Self-portrait with Equals, 1969
Pencil, crayon, spray enamel, watercolor, collage on paper. 11 x 8 1/4 inches

Pablo Picasso, Pitcher


Self-portrait Facing Death, 1972
Pencil and crayon on paper. 65.7 x 50.5 cm
Fuji Television Gallery. Tokyo

Rembrandt, Centerfield


Self-portrait, 1669
86 x 70.5 cm
National Gallery. London

Peter Paul Rubens, Outfield


no other data available

Egon Schiele, Firstbase


Self-portrait with Black Vase, 1911
Oil on wood
Historiches Museum der Stadt. Wien/Vienna

Gabriel Stupica, Catcher/Outfield


Self-portrait, 1988-89

Vincent Van Gogh, Secondbase


Self-portrait dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888
60.5 x 49.4 cm (23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches)
Fogg Art Museum. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

Frederick Varley, Infield


Self-portrait, 1946

Hitomi Yoshida, Pitcher

born 1989

Self-portrait, 1996


Salvadore Dali, Manager


Clement Greenberg, Coach


Portrait of Greenberg by Phyllis Herfield, 1984
Tempera on wood panel
National Portrait Gallery. Washington, D.C.

Thomas B. Hess, Coach


Portrait of Hess by Elaine de Kooning, 1956
Oil on Board
National Portrait Gallery. Washington, D.C.

Harold Rosenberg, Coach


Portrait of Rosenberg by Elaine de Kooning, 1956
Oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery. Washington, D.C.

Claude Monet, General Manager


Monet Painting in his Floating Studio, by Manet. 1874

Tess Rose, Owner

Born 1986

Self-portrait, 1997
Pencil on paper
Private Collection

Depth Fields, Home Park

Capacity: 9,901

1997 Bhutan Vanguards Roster
Published: January 29, 1997