Queen Elizabeth II 335 by Andy Warhol is part of the Reigning Queens series produced in 1985. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints. Warhol depicts four female monarchs in their own right, rather than as women who were married to a king. Warhol also did another series of Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), in which the images were accented with diamond dust. While Andy Warhol was known for his obsession with traditional celebrities, he was also greatly interested in political figures. In addition to his Reigning Queens portfolio, Warhol also created prints of leaders such as Alexander the Great, Mao Zedong and John F. Kennedy.
Queen Elizabeth II 335 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Completed by Warhol in 1985, the Reigning Queens series includes Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. 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.