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Queen Elizabeth II (F. & S. II.335)

Queen Elizabeth II (F. & S. II.335)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 100cm x W 80cm

Critical Review

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.

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