Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait (FS II.16)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait (FS II.16)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait (FS II.16)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery


Self-Portrait 16 is part of a series of self-portraits based on the same photograph done by Rudolph Burkhardt. In these self-portraits, Warhol tried to minimize his human qualities while maintaining strong likeness of himself in order to still be recognized as Warhol. This particular print is done with black ink printed on silver coated paper with half of Warhol’s face almost entirely in black. The pose he holds in which his hand rests on his chin gives a sense of contemplation; it is as if he is trying to figure out what his next work is going to be.


With Self-Portrait 16, Warhol established himself as an iconic subject. Throughout his career, Warhol’s image became more and more prolific and has become almost as famous as his work itself, which is uncommon for most artists. The images of Warhol were both by his own making as well as by other photographers or artists. In the late-1970s and into the 1980s, his self-portraits became more and more pervasive, largely due to his interest in different types of cameras and printing methods.

Signature: 00 signed and numbered in ball-point pen on verso; some signed on recto.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States