Self-Portrait in Dark Suit and Plaid Shirt
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Self-Portrait in Dark Suit and Plaid Shirt 1981

On Tour On tour at UK / BELFAST / THE METROPOLITAN ARTS CENTRE

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Although Warhol was unhappy with his appearance throughout his life, self-portraiture was a recurring theme in his oeuvre. Role-playing was a central aspect of many of his self-portraits and his Polaroid camera was an effective means of quickly documenting his changing personae. In this work Warhol appears older, with his sunken cheeks and a stern yet sombre expression on his face. From the 1970s until his death in 1987, many of Warhol’s self-portraits are haunted by his fear of death. This is more obvious in his self-portraits with skulls, but here, with the shadow around his jaw and hollow cheeks, his face itself looks distinctly skull-like.

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Details

  • Acc. No. AR00307
  • Medium Photograph, colour, Polaroid, on paper
  • Size 10.80 x 8.50 cm (framed: 36.00 x 30.50 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008