Dieter Roth
Self-Portrait at a Table 1973–6

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Dieter Roth 1930–1998
Self-Portrait at a Table
Selbstbild am Tisch
Date 1973–6
Medium Oil paint, acrylic paint, glue, food, plastic and paper on cardboard on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 730 x 1086 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1977

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Self-Portrait at a Table was reworked twice. Roth originally called it Triptych of Cats, but continued working on it until it took on the structure of a self-portrait. Elements of its making (a paintbrush, a plastic spoon and fork, a map of Iceland) are embedded within the surface. Notorious for his inclusion of even more ephemeral materials, Roth also included chocolate and butter in this composition.

March 2007

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