Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas
20,3 x 20,3 cm (8 x 8 in.)
with the stamps of the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and with no. PO 60.123
In the 1960 Warhol created several serial portraits of Dominique de Menil (1908-1997). These were among the earliest private commissioned portraits in the signature style of his Jackie, Marilyn and Liz portraits and of his own early self portraits. Dominique de Menil soon became a great admirer, friend, supporter, and collector of Warhol. The artist captured her passionate, humorous, and energetic personality in his portrait. It is a tribute to their very personal relationship. These portraits started Warhol's commissioned portraits, which were an important financial factor, and allowed Warhol to finance other, non-profit projects such as "Interview" magazine. Dominique de Menil cherished the portrait she had chosen for the collection, which is today presented at the Renzo Piano designed building which houses the de Menil collection in Houston.