Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Screenprint with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board1985
© 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.
About the work
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.
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
- Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
- Printer's Proof 1/2
- Screenprint with diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board
- height: 100.00 cm, width: 80.00 cm
- Purchased from Sotheby's, 2 July 2002
- br: R PP1/2 Andy Warhol
- Sotheby's, Bond Street, London, 2 July 2002 (Lot 243)
- GAC number