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Andy Warhol Queen Elizabeth 335 Wall Display

Queen Elizabeth II 335

Catalogue Title: Queen Elizabeth II FS.II.335

Year: 1985

Size: 39 ⅜ x 31 ½” (100 x 80 cm)

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with diamond dust

Edition: 30, 5 AP, 2 PP, 2 HC, signed and numbered in pencil as follows: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix-lower right; Queen Margrethe II, Queen Ntombi Twala-lower left. R is marked before each number-e.g., R 1/30, RAP 1/5, RPP 1/2, RHC 1/2. The color block screen placement of the AP of Queen Beatrix (II.338, II.340, II.341) differs from the other edition prints.

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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.

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