Title: Beethoven (FS II.391)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Size: 40” x 40”
Details: Edition of 60. 20 numbered in Roman numerals. 72 individual TP not in portfolios, signed and numbered in pencil on verso.
Ludwig van Beethoven has been regarded as one of the most famous composers of all
time, so there is no surprise why Warhol decided to create a portfolio of Beethoven
portraits. In one of the most iconic poses of the famous composer, Beethoven FS II.391
captures the sheer brilliance of the composer with the emphasis on the notes of his
sheet music, while also keeping the features of the portrait prominent.
Beethoven 391 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol created this series in 1987, shortly before his death. What is so unique about this series is how it contradicts the common-held perception that Warhol’s subject matter was limited to movie stars and grocery store items. This portfolio of four screenprints, which features an image of Beethoven in different color variations, remains one of the most sought after prints of Warhol’s collection.