Warhol based this composition on a small advertisement for a plastic surgeon that ran in the National Enquirer in early April 1961, which he had enlarged and projected in order to trace it onto the surface of the canvas-a precursor to the silkscreen technique he pioneered the following year. The work was first exhibited in the window of Bonwit Teller, the Fifth-Avenue department store, in early April 1961 as part of a display that included five other early paintings by the artist.
Inscription: Signed and dated (verso): Andy Warhol 1961
the artist, New York (1961–70); Halston, New York (until 1981; his gift to MMA)
Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Andy Warhol: Retrospective," October 2, 2001–January 6, 2002, no. 50.