Self-Portrait with Hand to Cheek
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Self-Portrait with Hand to Cheek 1977 - 1978

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
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 he initially appears uncomfortable, sitting in profile with his hand tentatively touching his face; his eyes uneasily meet the viewer's gaze. Yet, on closer consideration, there appears to be a slight smirk on his mouth, which alters his overall demeanour to one of intrigue and even flirtatiousness. Perhaps Warhol is experimenting with his own version of the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile.


  • Acc. No. AR00305
  • Medium Photograph, colour, Polaroid, on paper
  • Size 9.60 x 7.20 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