Andy Warhol and The Nothingness Himself

“Some critic called me the Nothingness Himself and that didn’t help my sense of existence any. Then I realized that existence itself is nothing and I felt better. But I’m still obsessed with the idea of looking into the mirror and seeing no one, nothing.”

Andy Warhol

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again)


Andy Warhol, Self-portrait with Skulls, 1977

A Paradoxical Identification

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

William Shakespeare

Hamlet, 1,5, 166-167


Arturo Rivera, Hamlet, 1997


Arturo Rivera (Mexico City, 1945), often manifest in his paintings through an exceptional creature, the androgyne, a unit having the characteristic of both the male female sex.

Androgyny is totality. Its clearest manifestation appears in Hamlet, 1997 portrait of a beautiful actress in the role of a prince, a paradoxical identification.

Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet

Sketch for a poster of Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet, by Alphons Marie Mucha, 1899


Definitive version of the poster illustrated by Mucha, 1899


Mortimer, Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet. New York World, June 18, 1899


Bernhardt on stage playing the role of the tragic Prince of Denmark. The costume she did wear was possibly designed by Mucha himself