Title: Liz (FS II.7)
Medium: Offset lithograph on paper.
Size: 23 1/8″ x 23 1/8″
Edition: Edition of 300. Signed and dated in ball point pen.
Liz Taylor 7
Warhol created the Liz Taylor 7 print in 1967 based off a photograph taken in 1960 for her film, Butterfield 8. The movie star was a fixture in the tabloid headlines, and as Warhol was fascinated with the glamour and prestige of fame, he took a particular interest in Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, whom he eternalized in creating his famous portraits.
Liz Taylor 7 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol was known for being attracted to all things famous, and his fascination with the private lives of celebrities was no different. Due to her multiple marriages and issues with her health, Liz Taylor was a fixture in the tabloid papers, drawing Warhol to her presence all the more. This particular piece was created while Taylor was at the top of her career, but also extremely ill. Warhol took his inspiration from a source image for Taylor’s upcoming film, Butterfield 8.The colors Warhol chose for the actresses face make her look as though she is glowing; the artist’s way of depicting the most glamorous celebrity constantly lit up by the flash of the camera.