Queen Beatrix 341 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 341 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol created the Reigning Queens series during the mid-1980s, which was arguably his most prolific period. 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.