Title: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (FS II.339)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust.
Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 30, 5 AP, 2 PP, 2 HC, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 16.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 339
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 339 was created in 1985 by Andy Warhol as part of his Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) series. Warhol’s Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) series images are accented with diamond dust. Other queens in the series include Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Warhol depicts these four female monarchs in their own right rather than married to a king to highlight their importance as women leaders.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 339 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Andy Warhol created the Reigning Queens series two years before his death in 1985. During this time, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life.