Andy Warhol - Santa Claus F.S. II 266 jpg
Andy Warhol - Santa Claus 266
Andy Warhol - Santa Claus 266
Andy Warhol - Santa Claus 266
Andy Warhol - Santa Claus 266

Santa Claus 266

Catalogue Title: Myths: Santa Claus (FS II.266)

Year: 1981

Size: 38 x 38″ (96.5 x 96.5 cm)

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

Edition: 200, 30 AP, 5 PP, 5 EP, signed and numbered in pencil as follows: The Star, The Witch, Howdy Doody-verso; Uncle Sam, Superman, Mammy, Dracula, Santa Claus, The Shadow-lower right; Mickey Mouse-lower left. There are the following HC signed and numbered in pencil the same as above: The Star, HC 1/4-4/4; Uncle Sam, HC 1/1; Superman, HC 1/12-12/12; The Witch, HC 1/10-10/10; Mammy, HC 1/4-4/4; Howdy Doody, HC 1/3-3/3; Dracula, HC 1/1; Mickey Mouse, HC 1/4-4/4; Santa Claus, HC 1/1; The Shadow, HC 1/1; some of these are trial proof variations. There are 30 TP signed and numbered in pencil lower left, except Dracula and The Shadow-lower center. All regular edition prints have diamond dust, except Dracula; most TP have diamond dust.

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Santa Claus 266 is based off of the fictional character that comes from folkloric tradition that says St. Nicholas travels from one house to another, delivering presents to children the night before Christmas. There are many variations of the tradition and the story behind Santa Claus, but he has become such a popularized mythical figure that he is a universally recognizable figure. This type of celebrity is what drew Warhol to him and the iconism of fictional characters. Just like Marilyn Monroe or Chanel or Coca-Cola, Santa Claus is a brand that is a pillar of American imagery.

Santa Claus 266 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work

Santa Claus 266 is a part of Warhol’s Myths series that exemplifies his unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time. Most of images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from 1950s television or old Hollywood films. They portray the universal view of America’s once captivating and commanding past. Other pieces included in the series are characters loved by children such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Uncle Sam. It has been said that Warhol considered each of these characters to be facets of his personality.

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