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Beethoven (F. & S. II.391)

Beethoven (F. & S. II.391)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1987
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 102cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

Beethoven(F. & S. II.391) is part of a portfolio of four screen prints in Warhol’s Beethoven series, produced by the artist shortly before his death in 1987. Depicting a classical composer departs from the more frequent prints of movie stars, such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, that Warhol is often remembered for. Nevertheless, Warhol’s iconic Pop Art style transforms the classical composer into a stylish 1980s pop icon.

Warhol uses the 1820 portrait of the composer by Joseph Karl Stieler as his source of material for the print. This was one of the most well-known images of Beethoven, and Warhol’s choice of this image reflects his obsession with icons of popular culture.