Self Portrait (Orange)
Dimensions: (unframed) 50.8cm x 40.6cm/20″ x 16″
Signature: Stamped ‘undenied’ edition 1 / 40.
Initially produced as part of an identical series in 1964, this self-portrait in orange depicts Warhol directly meeting the viewer’s gaze. Warhol’s piercing gaze is confrontational, as is the entire composition. The use of strong contrast means that his facial features are reduced to light and dark tones, mimicking the effect of an over-exposed photograph. The orange background is the only colour featured. By colour blocking, Warhol confronts the viewer with the aesthetic of commodity culture.