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Beethoven (F. & S. II.393)

Beethoven (F. & S. II.393)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Beethoven(F. & S. II.393) is one of four screen prints in Warhol’s Beethoven series, produced by the artist shortly before his death in 1987. This print has a more sombre tone than the prints in the series, privileging cold colours over bright and vibrant ones.

Taking a classical composer as the subject matter of this series departs from Warhol’s frequent depiction of movie stars, such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Beethoven was, however, an incredibly popular and well-known composer and in rendering him in this screen print, Warhol plays with the boundaries between high and low culture and turns the classical composer into a stylish 1980s pop icon.