Andy Warhol, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1985 Unique Screenprint

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1985 Unique Screenprint
Series:Reigning Queens Royal Edition with Diamond Dust, 1985
Medium:Color Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Image:39 1/2 in x 39 1/2 in (100.3 cm x 100.3 cm)
Sheet:39 1/2 in x 39 1/2 in (100.3 cm x 100.3 cm)
Edition:This is a unique and original work.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6533
Price on Request

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1985 addresses Warhol's fascination with the extremes of social hierarchy. This is the perfect example of Warhol’s ability to transform the entire medium of traditional portraiture and translate it to contemporary, political relevance.  The scale of her is all-consuming; the size of this work is perhaps paramount to her grandeur and position in society. She is larger-than-life, a Queen with respectable notoriety and a prominent history and social standing among the Danish people.

This portrait of Queen Margrethe II also details Warhol’s playfulness with line and color while also exhibiting his view on conventional portraiture.  The deep shades of violet and blue create a captivating image of the Queen, perhaps transforming her from the view of the bourgeois upper class to a more palpable, everyday poster image we can all relate to. She now falls into the category of popular kitsch culture, while her elegant features continue to be accented by the drawn line of Warhol’s hand.

Frayda Feldman describes this series best:

“Warhol intended his portraits to be seen – as vanitas images, history paintings, or simply glamour poses – he did more than any other artist to revitalize the practice of portraiture, bringing renewed attention to it in the avant-garde art world.  He reflected the desires and dreams of a new decade and expanded his cast to include the latest characters from the world of sports, television, and politics and also dramatically escalated his portrait commissions” (Feldman 3rd ed. pg. 22-3).

Andy Warhol Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1985 is a unique screenprint stamped with the Andy Warhol Art Authentication, Inc. Stamp and inscribed with an archive number on  verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This Andy Warhol Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1985 screenprint, is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1989. Other color variants in a different size are listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné nos. II 342-345.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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