This self portrait, created in 1978, is a screenprint made using the image that Warhol used for his self portrait series in 1967, as seen replicated six times in A Set of Six Self-Portraits
. The image shows Andy Warhol in a somewhat theatrical pose, fingers raised to lips. Unlike the brightly coloured images in the set of six, Warhol here prints the image using blue and white, creating a crisp yet subdued image. Warhol placed a lot of importance on public image, and knew that self-portraits and self-portrayal were key to his success. He made a series of self-portraits throughout his career, beginning in 1964 and continuing until his death in 1987.
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Original: ANDY WARHOL Self Portrait, c. 1978 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 22 x 22 inches ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.