Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)

Screenprint with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board

1985

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Image of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy

    Andy Warhol's iconic image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II hovers between the formality of a traditional portrait and the brashness of modern advertising. The photograph on which the image is based is an official Jubilee portrait taken in 1977. This vibrant screenprint is one of a number of portraits of Elizabeth II from a series by Warhol entitled Reigning Queens, which also includes images of the Queens of Denmark and the Netherlands. The technique of screenprinting enabled him to repeat the image with different colour combinations. Each block of colour is slightly misaligned, suggesting the imperfections of mass-produced commercial images.

    Andy Warhol, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was born Andrew Warhola to Czechoslovakian parents in Pittsburgh. He studied painting and drawing at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh between 1945 and 1949, before becoming a highly successful commercial advertising artist in the 1950s.

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  • Details
    Title
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
    Date
    1985
    Medium
    Screenprint with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board
    Dimensions
    height: 100.00 cm, width: 80.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 2 July 2002
    Inscription
    br: R PP1/2 Andy Warhol
    Provenance
    Sotheby's, Bond Street, London, 2 July 2002 (Lot 243)
    GAC number
    17714