Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait

1983

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Support: 476 x 375 mm
frame: 817 x 690 x 27 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00227

Not on display

Online caption

As in most of his self-portraits Mapplethorpe presents himself playing a role – here that of the stealthy and rather reticent knife-stabber. He holds his hand out with the knife as if about to deliver a thrust, but his other hand is held up in a mixture of horror and surprise and his face looks more anxious than determined.