Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Screenprint 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 Queen Elizabeth II hovers between the formality of a traditional portrait and the brashness of modern advertising. Each colourful contour is sprinkled with diamond dust, playfully mixing regality with commercialism. The portrait forms part of the series, 'Reigning Queens', which was based on one of Queen Elizabeth's official Silver Jubilee portraits of 1977.
From portraits of Marilyn Monroe to multiple images of Campbell's Soup tins, Warhol is best known for his use of familiar images and photographs. Blurring the boundaries between fine art and popular culture, he utilised the technique of screenprinting to reproduce images in different colour combinations, transforming their appearance each time. Arguably one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century, Warhol's persona and celebrity were always closely associated with his work. This portrait of the Queen is unmistakenly a 'Warhol'.
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
- Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
- Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
- height: 100.00 cm, width: 80.00 cm
- Purchased from Sotheby's, 25 March 2003
- br: 3/40 Andy Warhol
- Sold through Sotheby's, London, on 25 March 2003 (Lot 217); from which sale purchased by the Government Art Collection
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