Suicide (Purple Jumping Man)

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Suicide (Purple Jumping Man)
Suicide (Purple jumping man).jpg
ArtistAndy Warhol
Year1963 (1963)
TypeSilkscreen on canvas
Dimensions230 cm × 202 cm (90.5 in × 79.5 in)
LocationTehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Suicide (Purple Jumping Man) is a 1963 silkscreen painting by American pop artist, Andy Warhol. It is currently in the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.[1]


During 1970s Iran's oil revenue had increased and the king and queen of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Farah Diba decided to establish a museum of contemporary art in order to modernize their country.[2][3] Suicide (Purple Jumping Man) was among the paintings that Tony Shafrazi, the Iranian-born American art dealer, bought for the collection of this museum.[4]

At that time, Andy Warhol was interested in the idea and painted portraits of the king and his wife.[3]


Suicide (Purple Jumping Man) depicts two images in sequence, recorded by a documentary photographer, silk-screened in black ink on a purple ground.[5]

According to Tony Shafrazi, Suicide (Purple Jumping Man) is one of the greatest works of Warhol. Shafrazi estimates the painting's value at 70 million dollars.[4]


  1. ^ Salas & Institute 2007, p. 148.
  2. ^ Dehghan 2012.
  3. ^ a b Polsky 2009, p. 171.
  4. ^ a b The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia 2007.
  5. ^ Andy Warhol. Berlin and London Review by: Mark Francis The Burlington Magazine Vol. 144, No. 1187 (Feb., 2002) , pp. 122-124 Published by: The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd. Stable URL: (subscription required)


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