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Andy Warhol: Querelle (unique) - Unsigned Print

Querelle (unique)
Unsigned Print

Andy Warhol


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Screenprint, 1982
Unsigned Print
H 101cm x W 101cm

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Critical Review

Set against a bright yellow backdrop, the print shows two men standing topless and captured side-on. One of the men appears to be licking the other from behind and Warhol exaggerates his tongue using a bold red colour to draw attention towards this sensual scene. The print is based on a photograph Warhol took in his studio and reflects Warhol’s fascination with the nude male form. The poster design is characteristic of Warhol’s work in the 1980s and captures the artist’s visual style which incorporates brightly coloured hand-drawn lines with the photographic screen printing technique. The layered gestural lines bring a sense of movement and dynamism to the print that reflects the passion between the two men being captured behind the lens of Warhol’s camera.

Fassbinder commissioned Warhol to design the poster for his film adaption of Jean Genet’s scandalous novel which tells the story of a sailor’s sexual exploits in a French port city. The prints Warhol made for Fassbiner’s film have been hailed as a collaboration of three of the most provocative creative minds of the 20th century: Genet, Fassbinder and Warhol.

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