Andy Warhol, ‘Hans Christian Andersen (FS II.400)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Hans Christian Andersen (FS II.400)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Hans Christian Andersen 400 is a part of a portfolio of four screenprints based on paper cut out pieces of characters from Andersen’s fairytales. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author who became very well known for his fairy tales that were enjoyed by young and old audiences. Warhol was inspired by Andersen, which is why he decided to create a series devoted to the author and his unique characters. The white and pink Warhol uses allows the character to stand out from the dark background.This series, completed in 1987, was printed by Rupert Jasen Smith in New York and published by Art Expo Danmark, Odense, Denmark.

Series: Hans Christian Andersen became famous for his fairy tales that transcended age and culture. Considering Warhol took great interest in creating portraits and series on iconic figures, it is not surprising that Warhol would choose to create a series on the very talented and well-known author and his many wonderful characters.

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