The Star 258 is part of Andy Warhol’s 1981 Myths series, which depicts actress Greta Garbo in her role as Mata Har in the movie of the same title. The image is based on a photograph of the actress in her role, based off of the true story of the Dutch dancer and courtesan, who was executed after being convicted of charges of being a spy for the German army during the first World War. The Swedish actress was featured in a myriad of films, starring in 28 productions throughout her career. Garbo retired early at age 35 after the box office flop of Two-Faced Woman. Notably, the complete Myths series ranks amongst Warhol’s top 1o most valuable portfolios ever sold.
The Star 258 by Andy Warhol as Part of his Larger Body of Work
The Star 258 is a part of 10 screenprints in the Myths series that exemplify Warhol’s unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time. Most of the 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.