description of Self-Portrait by Andy Warhol

This six-foot-square silkscreen painting on linen features a closeup self-portrait of Andy Warhol. Four separate colors have been used to create the painting: pale apple green, light blue, dark blue, and red. The background has been painted apple green, tinting the other layers and framing all but the bottom edge of the silkscreen. A dark blue vertical rectangle fills almost a third of the canvas on our left hand side. The remainder of the painting is occupied by the face of the artist, who looks directly at us with one side of his visage in deep shadow. He wears his hair parted to the side, and holds his hand to his chin with two extended fingers covering his mouth. His face and hand have been rendered in red, the shadows in dark blue, and his hair highlighted with light blue. On our left, the dark blue rectangle features drippy watermarks that bleed onto the shadowy side of the artist’s face.

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1967
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1967; Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on linen, 72 1/8 in. x 72 1/8 in. (183.2 cm x 183.2 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1967

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Self-Portrait
Artist name
Andy Warhol
Date created
1967
Classification
painting
Medium
Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on linen
Dimensions
72 1/8 in. x 72 1/8 in. (183.2 cm x 183.2 cm)
Date acquired
1992
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson
Copyright
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/92.283
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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