Queen Margrethe II of Denmark 344 was created by Andy Warhol in 1985 as part of his Reigning Queens and Reigning Queen (Royal Edition) series. Other queens in the series include Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland, and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Warhol depicts these four female monarchs in their own right, rather than as women who were married to a king. The portraits of the powerful matriarch are characterized by a collage style and colorful squares lining the images. This particular print of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is accented by bright purples and pinks over a white background. The use of negative space draws attention to the bright red highlights of the queen’s features, such as her polished hair and stoic mouth.
Queen Margrethe II 344 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol created Queen Margrethe II of Denmark 344 as part of his 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.