Andy Warhol, ‘Lenin 402 Trial Proof (FS IIB.402)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Title: Lenin, Trial Proof FS IIB.402
Medium: Screenprint on Arches 88 paper.
Year: 1987
Size: 39 3/8” x 29 1/2”
Edition: Edition of 46 TP signed and numbered in pencil lower left.

Andy Warhol created Lenin in 1987. This portrait of Russian political leader Vladimir Lenin diverges from many of the conventions defining Warhol’s work. In this unique trial proof, Andy printed the leader in a deep shade of blue with red outlines accenting the details. While Warhol is known for contrast and detail, this print diverges from the pop artist’s usual style. Instead, Warhol defined Lenin’s face and hand resting upon a stack of books, emphasizing the political leader’s power and intelligence. Andy Warhol signed Lenin shortly before going into the surgery that led to his passing.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil, lower left.

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