ARTIST ROOMS

Robert Mapplethorpe Self Portrait 1983

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Self Portrait
Date 1983
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 476 x 375 mm
Collection
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.

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