"Queen Elizabeth II 336" by Andy Warhol
Queen Elizabeth II 336 by Andy Warhol
Premium 10” x 8” archival matte lithograph
Andy Warhol was an American artist known for leading the Pop-art movement, and he was renowned as one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. His works centered around the relationships between celebrity culture and commercialized goods. Some of his most famous works include Marilyn Diptych, Campbell’s Soup Cans, Eight Elvises, and many more.
This is a limited edition lithograph of Queen Elizabeth II that was part of a collection that Warhol did in 1985 called the "Reigning Queens" series. The portfolio consisted of sixteen screenprints. Others included in the "Reigning Queens" series were Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. These queens are depicted as women in their own right instead of as women who were married to kings. This is an intense Pop rendering of Queen Elizabeth that clearly displays female empowerment through the use of the hot pink that surrounds her. Her eyes are a piercing navy blue while her face is soft and gentle. The yellow accentuates Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry and blue sash.
Retail Value: $1,800.00
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