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  • Self-portrait, 1979
    Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
    Instant color print

    24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
    Purchase, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Gift, Joyce and Robert Menschel Gift and Rogers Fund, 1995 (1995.251)

    Much of Warhol's work can be read as a meditation on the transience of life, from his iconic portrayals of a stoically suffering Jacqueline Kennedy to his paintings of skulls from the mid-1970s. With eyes closed and an unearthly pallor, the artist appears here as a martyred saint, suspended between the agonies of the flesh and the blinding white light of the afterlife. Stripped of the guile of many of his self-portraits, this riveting picture seems both to refer back to the attempt made on his life in 1968 and to chillingly prefigure his untimely death.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Introspection

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    Self-portrait, 1979
    Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
    Instant color print

    24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
    Purchase, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Gift, Joyce and Robert Menschel Gift and Rogers Fund, 1995 (1995.251)


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