Louis Brandeis (F. & S. II.230)

Louis Brandeis (F. & S. II.230)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 102cm x W 81cm

Critical Review

The Ten Portraits Of Jews Of The Twentieth Century series was the idea of Warhol’s dealer, Ronald Feldmen who, along with Susan Feldman, the art gallery director of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Washington, came up with the list of ten names. Warhol’s growing reputation as a ‘business artist’ played into the fact that the artist’s investment in his subjects was their fame, and not necessarily their accomplishments. Stripped of any historical context, rendered in vivid colour, Warhol immortalises Louis Brandeis into a 1980s Pop icon.

Warhol employs his classic screen print method used for his iconic portraits, silk screening an instantly recognisable photograph over applied colour and tracing hand drawn lines over the photograph’s outlines. This Louis Brandeis (F. & S. 230) print is broken up into geometric blocks of red, blue, pink and yellow colour creating tension between abstraction and photographic representation.

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