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The Star (F. & S. II.258)

The Star (F. & S. II.258)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1981
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 96cm x W 96cm

Critical Review

The Swedish actress featured in the portrait was regarded as one of the greatest actresses of all time, and was known for her melancholy, sombre persona due to the myriad of tragic roles that she played in films. Consequently, this print is the amalgamation of everything that Warhol adored – beauty, celebrity and wealth. The vivid portrait has a rich quality that marks it as a standout image within the series, notably through Warhol’s use of colour and addition of diamond dust.

The Star is based on a photograph of Garbo from the film Mata Hari from 1931, flooded with an intense red, contoured in black and her eyes coloured blue as though wearing eyeshadow. Warhol transforms the original black and white film still into an icon for the late 20th century with his dazzling use of colour and bold lines. Choosing an image where the actress confidently holds the viewer’s gaze, Warhol manipulates the photograph to make it seem as though Garbo is illuminated by a strong, red light, and the resulting image embodies the popular American myth of the femme fatale.

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