Mick Jagger 142 was created while Warhol was at the height of his fame. Warhol spent a lot of time with Jagger and his wife Bianca. He was was closest to their Jagger’s 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. Though Jagger is usually portrayed as stoic and blasé throughout the series, Mick Jagger 142 showcases a more playful side. His features are softer, with a relaxed laugh highlighted by muted colors of blue and yellow.
Mick Jagger 142 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
This print is one of several pieces that Warhol did depicting Mick Jagger. In 1969 the Rolling Stones approached Warhol and asked him to design the sleeve for 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.