Andy Warhol, ‘The Nun, Ingrid Bergman (FS II.314)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

The Ingrid Bergman series is made up of three types of screenprints of the Academy Award-winning actress in 1983. The source images used for these portrait pieces include a movie still from her role the 1942 film in Casablanca (With Hat), a movie still from the 1945 film The Bell of St. Mary’s (The Nun) and also a publicity photo (Herself). The screenprints are printed on Lenox Museum Board and were done by request of a Swedish art gallery. The portfolio was printed by Rupert Jason Smith in New York and published by Galerie Borjeson, in Malmo Sweden.

The Nun, Ingrid Bergman 314 by Andy Warhol is part of Warhol’s Ingrid Bergman portfolio. Taken from the 1945 movie The Bells of St. Mary, the character Sister Mary that Bergman played was seen as one of her most severe roles. The vibrant color palette is made even more dynamic with Warhol adding an exciting element of abstraction with the yellow lines that outline her figure and make up her hands, clasped in prayer.

Series: After the success of the Campbell’s Soup series in the early 1960s, Warhol began creating screenprints of movie star portraits including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor. This print is indicative of Warhol’s obsession with all things relating to fame, especially movie stars. His fascination with pop culture spilled over into his creative output, which is evident by his prints of movie stars, Campbell’s Soup cans and political figures. His art is a visual recording of the culture of his time.

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