"Grace Kelly" by Andy Warhol
"Liz Taylor" By Andy Warhol
- Published in 1989
- 12" x 12"
- Limited edition of 500
- Retail Value: $2,000
This stunning 12” by 12” limited edition of 500 lithograph is from the rare “Familiar Faces” Portfolio by Andy Warhol published in 1989.
Originally piece was created in 1964, Warhol’s portrait of Elizabeth Taylor reflects the artist’s fascination with female celebrity. ‘He started off like a besotted teenager, looking at Liz from afar,’ Jones explains. ‘It was only really later in life that he met her and they became good friends, corresponding right up until his death.’ Previously unknown, the portrait was sourced from a publicity still for one of Elizabeth Taylor's movies. After it had been tightly cropped, Warhol then silkscreened the image, using the technique he'd developed, onto a canvas. ‘It’s really moving towards the iconic method that Warhol developed in the early 1960s, and with which he made his name,’ adds Jones. ‘It’s an exciting addition to what’s probably one of Warhol’s most famous series of paintings. Warhol created this Liz Taylor lithograph series in the 80's.
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