Andy Warhol


Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
40″ x 40″
Edition of 60, 15 AP, 10 PP, 20 numbered in Roman numerals, 72 individual TP not in portfolios, numbered in pencil and signed in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol, the publisher, and the printer on a stamped certificate of authenticity.
Portfolio of four screenprints.
Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Publisher: Herman Wünsche, Bonn, Germany

Andy Warhol – Edition Prints – Beethoven

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Andy Warhol Beethoven is a range of artworks created by artist Andy Warhol.

Based on Karl Josef Stieler’s 1819 painting Beethoven, in the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany; the musical notes are from Beethoven’s 1801 Moonlight Sonata, Opus 27, no.2.

When Andy Warhol first burst onto the artistic stage in the 1960s’, he did so by incorporating images that were firmly embedded in the American psyche. His bright and colorful paintings and serigraphs presented images that were commonplace — a soup can or coke bottle — but were transformed by his technique into artistic icons of popular culture. Warhol was most interested in image and not reality, although one could say that by casting these mass produced commercial images in his own unique style, Warhol was making a comment on the reality of living in a world that was dominated by images from the advertising and entertainment industries. Warhol’s prints are in essence images of images. They are at least once removed, and often several times removed, from reality. His famous prints of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, not to mention countless other celebrities, are based on photographs. As in the case with Marilyn Monroe, many of those photographs are of his subjects posing as a character, not as themselves, a subtle reminder that once someone achieves a certain celebrity status, they become further and further removed from their real selves. How many layers must one remove to finally see the real person depicted in a Warhol print?