© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts, Inc. / Adagp, Paris 2015 - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo
"Self-Portrait" (1963-1964) belongs to the first series of self-portraits that the art collector Florence Barron commissioned from Warhol in 1963, based on photo-booth prints, probably taken using a machine in a New York shopping mall between Broadway and 47th Street.
The original series comprises four different bust shots, enlarged and screen-printed onto canvases in identical sizes using different background colours (blue, green, red, pink, purple). Hidden behind his dark sunglasses and a raincoat, Warhol is loosening the knot in his tie and tilting his head with a nonchalant air. He poses just like the celebrities he is starting to frequent, playing the role of bad boy - part dandy, part fugitive. His sunglasses are a precursor to the accessories (wig), shadows and visual techniques (camouflage, negative/positive, superimposed images, mirror effects) that the artist adds to obscure his face.