Andy Warhol


Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
38″ x 38″
Edition of 100, 5 PP, 2 EP, 6 HC (three of which are numbered in Roman numerals), signed and numberd in pencil lower right. There are 22 AP signed and numbered in pencil lower right and 15 TP signed and numbered in pencil lower left.
Portfolio of four screenprints.
Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Publisher: Editions Schellmann & Klüser, Munich, Germany/New York; Denise René/Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany

Andy Warhol – Edition Prints – Goethe

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

Johann Tischbein’s ‘Goethe in the Roman Campagna 1786-87’ is an iconic painting though the anatomy of Goethe is poorly executed. Nevertheless Warhol fell in love with this painting, chopped off Goethe’s head and created in that same year a huge painting of it. In 1982 Warhol produced his Goethe screenprint series and “promoted” Goethe to Marilyn cult stardom.

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?