Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1985 by Andy Warhol A6 postcard


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A6 (15 x 10 cm) single postcard featuring Reigning Queens: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1985 by Andy Warhol.

Reigning Queens only includes ruling queens. The series portrays four queens at that time, 1985 and including this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The images used by Warhol that to make the screen prints were derived from official photographs.

The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was based on the official photograph released for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, by Peter Grugeon at Windsor Castle on April 2, 1975. The image was then overlaid with Warhol's trademark abstract blocks of colour.

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist, director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s.