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Signed Print Edition of 40
H 100cm x W 80cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Queen Elizabeth II (F. & S.II.135) features Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom outfitted in royal regalia for her official portrait. Pop artist Andy Warhol has adapted the official portrait of the monarch with bright, contrasting colours, collage-like blocks, and drawing to highlight her jewelry. In this way, he renders the still-reigning monarch as he would any other celebrity such as Marilyn or Ingrid Bergman. The official portrait used for this print was released for the queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. By the time Warhol co-opted the image in 1985, it would have been entirely ubiquitous across her kingdom.
Warhol’s depiction of the Queen of the United Kingdom comes from the larger series, Reigning Queens. Reigning Queens depicts four queens regnant in sixteen editions. The depiction of Queen Elizabeth II is the only portrait of the monarch in the royal collection that was not commissioned and for which the Queen did not sit. Produced at a large scale, the series is largely a continuation of Warhol’s lifelong interest in celebrity and fame. These queens fall in line with his earlier images of political figures like Vladimir Lenin or Mao Zehdong, but give new importance to female leadership.