Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century

Andy Warhol

Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century

Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
40″ x 32″
Edition of 200, 30 AP, 5 PP, 3 EP, 25 TP, signed and numbered in pencil lower left.
Portfolio of ten screenprints.
Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Publisher: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; Jonathan A Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel

Andy Warhol – Edition Prints – Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century

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Andy Warhol Ten Jews Of The Twentieth Century is a range of artworks created by artist Andy Warhol.

The portraits are brightly coloured silk-screen prints Warhol created using famous photographs of historical figures which, in addition to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, included Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers (all three in one frame), Golda Meir and Gertrude Stein.

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?