Dracula (F. & S. II.264) is a signed screen print on Lenox Museum board with diamond dust made by the internationally acclaimed artist Andy Warhol in 1981. Coming in an edition size of 200 the print shows the notorious evil vampire, Count Dracula, from the novel written by Bram Stoker in 1897. Against a black backdrop, Dracula’s portrait is rendered using bright pink gestural lines which delineate his facial features, drawing attention to his furrowed brow, pointed ears and sharp fangs.
Dracula (F. & S. II.264) is part of Warhol’s sought-after collection of ten screen prints, the Myths collection. Every print in this collection is inspired by an icon or idol from American popular culture. Warhol has had a long-standing interest in the figure of Dracula and the place this mythical vampire figure has come to assume in American society. In 1974, Warhol produced a film, Blood For Dracula, which was directed by Paul Morrissey and inspired by Stoker’s vampire. The film, which has become a cult classic, was a spoof on various Dracula tropes and also included numerous homoerotic sex scenes and instances of outrageous and gory violence.
Unlike other portraits produced by Warhol, the prints in the Myths collection are not based on preexisting imagery. Warhol is known for appropriating existing images and adapting them using his signature Pop Art style, however in this collection, Warhol enlisted the help of his friends to dress up and pretend to be the iconic characters that were going to feature in the collection. Warhol then took Polaroid pictures of his friends in their costumes and make-up which then became the source material for the screen prints.