Andy Warhol

The Shadow

1981

Not on display

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 800 × 610 mm
frame: 1020 × 835 × 42 mm
Collection
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
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
AR00594

Online caption

‘The Shadow’ was one of several popular, American fictional characters that Warhol drew inspiration from for a series of prints called ‘Myths’ in 1981. The figure (The Shadow) first appeared on the radio in the 1930s before his stories were developed into a comic-strip. This self-portrait drawing is based on a photograph of Warhol as this character and although he doesn’t wear The Shadow’s black cloak or broad-rimmed hat, the lighting used causes a strong shadow to be cast of his profile. Warhol then made a simple, stylised line drawing based on this image.

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