Andy Warhol, ‘Witch 261 by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Witch 261 by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Witch 261 by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Witch 261 by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Witch 261 by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery

Title: The Witch 261
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust.
Year: 1981
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition: Edition of 200, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created The Witch in 1981 for his Myths portfolio. It shows The Wicked Witch of the West cackling. Warhol printed the image on a plain purple background and highlights the Witch’s clothes and hat with colorful red and green outlines. The image is based on a photograph of Margaret Hamilton, the actress who portrayed the Wicked Witch in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Warhol invited her to his studio to recreate her frightening pose and photograph it for this screenprint. The Witch is one of ten screenprints that make up Warhol’s Myths portfolio, a series that exemplifies Warhol’s unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time. Other pieces included in the series are recognizable in American popular culture such as Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, and Howdy Doody. While each of these characters has a strong, sometimes frightening persona, they are clearly separated from reality. Andy Warhol chose each character to represent a different facet of his personality, including the Witch.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil

Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

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