Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Beatrix (FS II.340) Royal Edition’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Beatrix (FS II.340) Royal Edition’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Beatrix (FS II.340) Royal Edition’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Beatrix (FS II.340) Royal Edition’, 1985, Revolver Gallery

Title: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands: Royal Edition 340
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust.
Year: 1985
Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 5 AP, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 16.

Andy Warhol created Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1985 for his portfolio Reigning Queens: Royal Edition. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints featuring four different queens and decorated with diamond dust. Warhol’s portrait shows Queen Beatrix in her own right, rather than as a woman married to and represented by a king. Warhol’s pop rendering of Queen Beatrix of the Netherland is an exhibition of female empowerment. Warhol uses his signature color blocking technique and bold, vibrant colors against a solid grey background to accent her femininity and spark attention to the subject. Her face is a gentle blue, with a red and orange gradient accenting her crown and jewels, illuminating the symbols of her power. Queen Beatrix II of Denmark is exemplary of Andy Warhol’s pop art take on classic portraiture. This print is from the Royal Edition of the portfolio and is covered with diamond dust. This print is from the Royal Edition of the portfolio and is covered with diamond dust.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil

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