Andy Warhol

Self-Portrait

1978

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 408 x 333 x 20 mm
frame: 458 x 382 x 55 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
AR00501

Not on display

Online caption

This self-portrait was completed ten years after Warhol was shot and critically injured by Valerie Solanas in 1968. Following this attempt on his life, Warhol became even more obsessed with the themes of death and religion than he had been previously. In 1978 he completed several series’ of self-portraits with skulls to which this silkscreen bears a resemblance. Warhol has painted aggressive red brushstrokes on the dark blue background before printing the photographic image in black.

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