Mick Jagger 139 was created while Warhol was at the height of his fame. Warhol spent a lot of time with Jagger and his then wife Bianca. He was closest to their daughter, Jade, whom Andy taught how to paint. He produced this screenprint of Mick Jagger as part of a portfolio of 10 in 1975. Most prints in the series feature Warhol’s signature in pencil as well as Mick Jagger’s signature in felt pen. The Mick Jagger portfolio is distinctive in its collage style; each print emphasizes a different aspect of Jagger’s features. This particular print emphasizes the more stoic, posed side of Jagger that is evident in most photos.
Mick Jagger 139 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
This print of Mick Jagger is one of several pieces that Andy Warhol did depicting the famous musician. In 1969 The Rolling Stones approached Andy Warhol and asked him to design the sleeve of their ninth studio album Sticky Fingers. Warhol agreed and received a letter from Mick Jagger that included a polite warning not to make the cover too complex to avoid problems during production. Warhol ignored Jagger’s warning and went on to produce an unforgettable cover that featured a close-up shot of actor and Warhol Superstar Joe Dallesandros.