Andy Warhol, ‘Beethoven (FS II.391)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Beethoven (FS II.391)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Beethoven (FS II.391)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Ludwig van Beethoven has been regarded as one of the most famous composers of all time, so there is no surprise why Warhol decided to create a portfolio of Beethoven portraits. In one of the most iconic poses of the famous composer, Beethoven FS II.391 captures the sheer brilliance of the composer with the emphasis on the notes of his sheet music, while also keeping the features of the portrait prominent.

Series: Andy Warhol created this series in 1987, shortly before his death. What is so unique about this series is how it contradicts the common-held perception that Warhol’s subject matter was limited to movie stars and grocery store items. This portfolio of four screenprints, which features an image of Beethoven in different color variations, remains one of the most sought-after prints of Warhol’s collection.

Signature: signed and numbered in pencil on verso

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York