Queen Margrethe Of Denmark (F. & S. II. 344)

Queen Margrethe Of Denmark (F. & S. II. 344)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Warhol references the art historical genre of the history painting, appropriating the traditional portrait of Queen Margrethe and revitalising her as a glamour icon, now visually consumed by popular kitsch culture. The image has blocks of blue, purple and pink colour that are seemingly collaged onto the print and Warhol draws attention to Queen Margarethe’s jewellery and facial features with freely drawn coloured lines. Her block mustard dress and red hair are contrasted against a white background creating a pleasant colour clash that renders the portrait even more striking.

Playing with the notion that the regal figures that Warhol depicts would have their portraits widely distributed to the masses on stamps, currency and mass-media, the artist uses the screen printing method to replicate this repetition of their image. The Reigning Queen series makes a statement on the way in which mass-produced images are used as symbols of power, as well as the way in which the monarch’s face has become a reproducible commodity.

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