Unit 2 discussion art and humanities

Andy Warhol Introduction Andy Warhol, one of the famous artists who died in a gallbladder surgery in one of the hospitals in New York, came up with a first self portrait that has left legacy in the artistic industry. Actually, this artist had performed a series of artistic work before coming up with his self portrait. Though the portrait is considered one of the famous artworks in the world, its stylistic feature does not still meet expectations. Warhol’s portrait can only be considered famous because he was the first to come up with a self portrait of which many artists lacked idea.
Stylistic features
According to the stylistic features seen in the portrait, it can be assumed that Andy Warhol did not show some seriousness in his work. This was so because many artists perceived designing of a self portrait to be very difficult for it involved a lot of research. Though this particular portrait is considered to be one of the most famous portraits in the world, it still does not meet the viewers’ expectations (Frei and George, 202). The portrait in this case does not earn fame because of the stylistic features used but being the first self portrait to be designed. Actually, no one still understands the main purpose of the portrait as it does not display the real Warhol. The viewers of this portrait are still expecting more insight and depth as they claim that there is nothing displayed but a whitish brown sketch that is behind sunken eyes (Fieldman and Jorg, 193). This shows that the color background of the portrait was not also well set as it tend to resemble or match that of the main portrait hence making it very difficult to see the portrait clearly. Some hidden parts of the portrait such as the eyes appear to be dark hindering clear view.
From the features seen in this portrait, it can be concluded that the portrait is one of the famous self portraits that from which many artists drew their experience from. This portrait only brought some idea in the artistic industry as it showed that there is a possibility in designing a self portrait. The designing of portrait though took decades; it is considered a sketch work that only a partial image of the artist. This is also considered to have been so because Warhol who was the designer of this portrait was only advised to do so by a friend after designing many portraits and art works in the art industry.
Work cited
Frei, Georg and Neil Printz, editors. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 01, Paintings and Sculpture 1961-1963. 503 pp. New York and London: Phaidon Press, 2002. (and Volume 02, 1964-1969. 423 & 449 pp., 2004)
Feldman, Frayda and Jorg Schellman, eds. Andy Warhol Prints. A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987. Fourth Edition. 383 pp. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2003.