Andy Warhol Grace Kelly 305

Grace Kelly 305

Catalogue Title: Grace Kelly (FS II.305)

Year: 1984

Size: 40” x 32”

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

Edition: Edition of 225. 50 numbered in Roman numerals; 20 TP signed and numbered in pencil.

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Grace Kelly was an American film actress and Princess of Monaco. In 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York theatrical productions and live drama productions. She has been regarded as one of the top ranks in the list of top female stars in American cinema. In 1953, she became a movie star with the premiere of Mogambo, but retired shortly afterwards when she married Prince Rainier. Grace Kelly is well known for her beauty and elegance, which is captured in Grace Kelly 305. Warhol assigns attention to her perfectly slicked back hair, plump red lips, and almost pristine glow to her skin.

Grace Kelly 305 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work

After the success of the Campbell’s Soup series in the early 1960s, Warhol began creating screenprints of celebrities including well known pop culture figures like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor. He often created these iconic works in honor of these stars after their deaths. Warhol completed this portrait of the Grace Kelly two years after her tragic death at the age of 52. This piece was completed for a fundraiser for the Institute of Contemporary Art. Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia and her parents were active participants in the university community, making the dedication of this artwork very sentimental.

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