Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Jane Fonda, F/S #II.268’, 1982, Julien's Auctions

Andy Warhol’s colorful portraits of Jane Fonda show a daring and emblazoned Fonda in the height of her 1970’s Barbarella fervor. Warhol’s penchant for capturing, studying and creating celebrity through his print making process defined American cultural consciousness. Everyone in America knew who Fonda and what Fonda was – the definition of an elite sex symbol who graced the silver screen with a joie-de-vie that was unobtainable. By creating her image in print form of an edition of 100 with 20 artist proofs, 3 printer’s proofs and 25 test proofs, Warhol made the unobtainable, attainable.Warhol and Fonda are said to have become acquainted with one another during Fonda’s infamous marriage to director/producer Roger Vadim. The two frequented Warhol’s most renowned watering hole outside of the Factory, Max’s Kansas City, a restaurant-nightclub located on Park Avenue South, where they encountered Warhol and his entourage, including Candy Darling, Viva, Eric Emerson and his flagship band, The Velvet Underground. One of her and Vadim’s many trips to New York, Fonda began seeing Eric Emerson and later took him as her lover. Fonda began to frequent the Factory and became fast friends with Warhol.The accented blue and red lines in Fonda’s hair portray a comic book like quality which was used by Pop artists of the time. Her vibrant red lips encourage the myth of Fonda as America’s most recognized sex symbol akin to Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. The portrait is said to have been done in the likeness of a Polaroid which Andy Warhol shot. The Polaroid camera was a tool that allowed Warhol to further democratize the process of art-making encouraging his point and shoot mentality of an image of instant celebrity.

Signature: Signed in graphite lower left "Andy Warhol"

Feldman, Fraya, and Jorg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: a Catalogue Raisonné, 4th edition. New York: DAP, 2003. p 124, #11/268.

Gift from the Artist, The Collection of Jane Fonda

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States