Andy Warhol. Rorschach. 1984
Andy Warhol


Not on view
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
13' 8 1/4" x 9' 7" (417.2 x 292.1 cm)
Object number
© 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

This painting belongs to a series modeled on the famous "inkblot" test invented by the Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach. Whereas the actual test provides ten standardized blots for a patient to decipher, Warhol invented his own, achieved by painting one side of a canvas and then folding it vertically to imprint the other half. Ironically, Warhol originally misinterpreted the clinical process, believing that patients created the inkblots and doctors interpreted them: “I thought that when you went to places like hospitals, they tell you to draw and make the Rorschach Tests. I wish I’d known there was a set.” Because of this misunderstanding, Warhol’s Rorschach series is one of the few in which the artist does not rely on preexisting images.

Gallery label from 2013

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