Andy Warhol Alexander the Great (F & S II.291-292)Facts | History | Meaning
Catalogue Title: Alexander The Great (F & S II.291-292) Year: 1982 Size 39 1/2″ x 39 1/2″ Each 100.3 x 100.3cm Medium: Portfolio of two screenprints on Lenox Museum Board Edition: Edition of 25, 5 AP, 1 PP, signed and numbered in pencil lower right. Published in cooperation with the Hellenic Heritage Foundation to coincide with "The Search for Alexander" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 27,1982-January 3, 1983.
Andy Warhol Alexander the Great (F & S II.291-292)Meaning & History
Warhol's Alexander the Great reached new heights in subject and in form - the Greek leader was the only Ancient icon to be portrayed by the celebrated Pop artist. The portrait transcends cultural barriers in combining two very different minds across centuries of art and intellectual history.
Alexander the Great is portfolio of two screenprints published by the artist in 1982 of the eponymous Greek leader. These magnificent prints portray Alexander in profile against vivid red background. In keeping with the ancient historical influence, Warhol’s Alexander is inspired by sculpture, and the texture and tone of Bronze is mimicked in the unevenness of colour in his face.
Alexander the Great was published in cooperation with the Hellenic Heritage Foundation to coincide with an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Search for Alexander’. At this later stage in Warhol’s career, he had sought inspiration among many of history’s great minds – such as Goethe (1982) or Botticelli (Birth of Venus, 1982). This present work, however, took on new heights both in subject matter and in form, being Warhol’s most Ancient icon. Arguably, only Warhol could paint both a modern star such as Marilyn Monroe and a classical subject such as Alexander the Great.
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