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Warhol Queen Beatrix 339 Wall Display

Queen Beatrix 339

Catalogue Title: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (FS II.339)

Year: 1985

Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust

Edition: Edition of 30, 5 AP, 2 PP, 2 HC, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 16.

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Queen Beatrix 339 by Andy Warhol is part of the Reigning Queens portfolio produced in 1985. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints. Warhol also did another series of Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), in which the images were accented with diamond dust. Warhol depicts four female monarchs in their own right, rather than as women who were married to a king. Warhol’s intense pop rendering of Queen Beatrix displays female empowerment through the use of bright colors surrounding the figure. These screenprints present the same image of the Queen in a variety of colors, which accentuate her beauty and bring attention to her crown. Warhol was vastly interested in fame of any kind, including that of presidents, dictators and monarchs. In addition to the Reigning Queens portfolio, Warhol also created prints of political leaders such as Alexander the Great, Vladimir Lenin and John F. Kennedy.

Queen Beatrix 339 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Warhol created the Reigning Queens series two years before his death in 1985. During this time, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life.

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