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Andy Warhol Self-Portrait 1978

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Artwork details

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1978
Medium Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
Dimensions Support: 408 x 333 x 20 mm
frame: 458 x 382 x 55 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
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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