Title: Mildred Scheel FS II.238
Medium: Screenprint with diamond dust on Arches 88 paper.
Size: 30 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
Details: Edition of 1,000, 5 HC. Signed and numbered in pencil in lower right. The prints are also signed in felt pen by Mildred Scheel.
Mildred Scheel FS II.238
This print was published to raise funds for the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebshilfe), which Scheel founded in 1974. In 1980, Warhol, who was a longtime friend of Scheel’s, immortalized her in the creation of this screenprint. Scheel was admired by many for her philanthropic activism and was nominated as Germany’s “Woman of the Year” in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
Mildred Scheel FS II.238 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Mildred Scheel was a German doctor and the second wife of former German president Walter Scheel. Scheel devoted her life to the fight against cancer, and died from the disease in 1985.
Warhol’s signature style used commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass produced images on canvas, then variations in color to give each print of an edition a different look. This print is especially vibrant, which is creatively juxtaposed with the professional photo and poised expression of Scheel. This portrait is a great departure from the ostentatiously glamorous portraits of Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.