Dieter Roth Self-Portrait as a Drowning Man 1974

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Dieter Roth 1930–1998
Self-Portrait as a Drowning Man
Selbstbild als Ertrunkener
Date 1974
Medium Acrylic paint, watercolour and glue on cardboard
Dimensions Support: 800 x 1003 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1977
Not on display

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Roth made self-portraits in a variety of media throughout his career, particularly during the mid-1970s. This work was made in Iceland, where Roth periodically lived and worked. In order to bring the work to London in his suitcase, he cut it into a number of pieces. This gesture was characteristic of Roth’s irreverent approach to the art object. He was especially open to changes that would occur after he had ‘finished’ the work, such as the process of cracking which is visible here.

May 2009

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