Mickey Mouse 265 by Andy Warhol is a part of ten screenprints in the Myths series that exemplifies Warhol’s unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time. Most of the images in his Myths series are taken from 1950s television or old Hollywood films. Warhol chose Mickey Mouse because of the character’s ubiquitous nature and the icon that he has become. Warhol uses this type of fake celebrity to exemplify the themes of the Myths series and the unique nature of America’s fascination with false idols. The diamond dust print features Mickey Mouse in his signature stance, off-centered in the frame, using the rule of thirds, unlike Warhol’s typical works. The subject is highlighted by colorful pink and gold outlines the bring attention to the character’s ever-recognizable ears. Notably, Warhol’s Mickey Mouse creations are included in Warhol’s top 10 most valuable prints ever sold.
Mickey Mouse 265 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Other pieces included in the series are characters loved by children such as Howdy Doody, 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.