Andy Warhol, ‘The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)

silkscreen inks on paper, handprinted by the artist

30 x 40 1/4 in. (76.2 x 102.2 cm.)

Painted in 1963.

Signature: The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)

Paris, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Warhol, January-February 1964.

Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University; Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Selections from the Ileana and Michael Sonnabend Collection: Works from the 1950s and 1960s, February 1985-March 1986, p. 103, no. 78 (illustrated).

New York, Gagosian Gallery, Andy Warhol in the Sonnabend Collection, January-February 2009, pp. 122 and 148 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent to the present owner

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