Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.336) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.336) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.336) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.336) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.336) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery

Title: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 336
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1985
Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 40, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 336 as part of the 1985 Reigning Queens portfolio.. Warhol’s intense pop art rendering of Queen Elizabeth is an exhibition of female empowerment. This print is the most recognizable and desired for the use of bright, vivid colors and his classic color blocking technique. Employing an eye catching fuchsia for the background Warhol draws attention to the subject and illuminates her gold crown and jewelry, a symbol of her power. Warhol’s portrait shows Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in her own right as a reigning monarch, rather than as a woman married to and represented by a king. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints featuring reigning monarchs from around the world. Also included in this portfolio are Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. The message of female empowerment and the recognizable subject matter draws collectors to this portfolio.

Signature: Signed and numbered

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