Not on display
- Dieter Roth 1930–1998
- Original title
- Selbstbild als Ertrunkener
- Acrylic paint, watercolour and glue on cardboard
- Support: 800 x 1003 mm
- Purchased 1977
T02209 Self-Portrait as a Drowning Man 1974
Inscribed '"Selfportrait [sic] als Ertrunkener"' and 'Dieter Roth 74' both b. centre
Acrylic and watercolour with glue on cardboard, 31 1/2 x 39 1/2 (80 x 100)
Purchased from Mimi Lipton (Grant-in-Aid) 1977
Prov: Mimi Lipton, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Dieter Roth: Originale 1946-74, Kunstverein, Hamburg, June-July 1974 (194), wrongly entitled and wrongly dated 'Valley 1973'
This and T02210 belong to a series of self-portraits of the artist in different situations painted over a period of some years, and are among the largest works of the series. In some he appears not in the centre but at the side, for instance looking out of a window. Here he is seen from the back in an outdoor setting suggesting water, fog, etc. It was painted in Iceland and, like T02210, was cut into sections so that he could bring it to London in a suit-case.
It was executed in acrylic and watercolour in glue, and the artist anticipates that it will crack before long and that (if they are allowed to touch the surface) people will begin to pick bits off. Though this can be delayed to some extent, it is his intention that it should be allowed to deteriorate and the process of disintegration is part of the work. He suggested that the Gallery could record the deterioration by photographing the picture from time to time.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.655, reproduced p.655