In the 1960s Andy also processed his self-portraits as a shy man half hidden to observe the world.
His mystical preaching restarts in 1986 with his remakes of Leonardo's Last Supper, in whole or limited to details. He gets an intuition that the exemplary character that he has long sought in the modern world is himself.
He is already 58 years old and his face is aging. He greatly exaggerates his physical decline with a shaggy wig, haggard eyes and an open mouth that are turning his head into a hollowed mask on a black background. Reusing the technique of his early masterpieces he paints this unique view in acrylic on silkscreen by multiplying sizes and colors.
On November 17 in New York, Sotheby's is selling the white version of this Self Portrait in 203 x 193 cm size, lot 38 estimated $ 20M.
In 1986 black and white imaging had fallen into an obsolete past and this white figure cannot have the same cinematographic meaning as a previous Silver Liz. The lack of colors keeps the sharpness of details of the screen printing in a high artistic achievement : it is undoubtedly one of the scarier versions of this famous image.
In its largest format 270 x 270 cm the purple painting was sold for $ 32,5M including premium by Sotheby's on May 12, 2010.
SOLD for $ 24.4M including premium