Title: Double Mickey Mouse FS II.269
Medium: Screenprint on Arches 88 paper
Size: 30 1/2″ x 43″
Details: Edition of 25, signed and numbered in pencil on verso. Some have diamond dust. Each print is unique.
Double Mickey Mouse FS II.269
Warhol’s use of repetition of imagery within a work was common, as seen in Double Elvis. Warhol was interested in the techniques involved in stop-motion animation, as evidenced by the choice of subject matter in Double Mickey Mouse FS II.269. The repetition of the same image of Mickey Mouse becomes more of a pattern than a development of movement.
Double Mickey Mouse FS II.269 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
The image in Double Mickey Mouse FS II.269 was born out of the single Mickey Mouse print created in 1981 as a part of Warhol’s Myths portfolio. Most of the images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from 1950s television or old Hollywood films. They portray the universal view of America’s once captivating and commanding past. Other pieces included in the series are characters loved by children such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Uncle Sam. While each of these characters has a strong, sometimes unpleasant persona, they are distinctly separated from reality. It has been said that Warhol considered each of these characters to be facets of his personality.