Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Alexander the Great
Lot 57
Andy Warhol
(American, 1928-1987)
Alexander the Great
Sold for £52,500 (US$ 70,091) inc. premium

The Greek Sale

15 Nov 2017, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great
unique screenprint in colours, 1982, on Lenox Museum Board, signed and numbered 'TP 57/65 Andy Warhol' in pencil, one of 65 colour variant trial proofs
published by Alexander Iolas, New York, the full sheet, in very good condition

Image 99 x 98.8 cm.
Sheet 101.7 x 101.3 cm.


Footnotes

  • Literature
    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1962-1987, Milan, 2003, no. II.B291-292

    Executed in 1982.

    Provenance
    Vicky Drakos Gallery, Athens.
    Private collection, Athens.

    Shown in sharp profile and set against a luminous background of dazzling colour, Warhol's Alexander the Great captures the radiance, glamour and regal grace of the Macedonian conqueror. The solid monochromatic ground and the sinuous linear highlights, which trace their origin to the ancient Greek vase painting, reconstruct the young king's face in an expressionist manner akin to Rouault or even the Gothic and Byzantine portraits Warhol himself admired.

    Throbbing with energy, the portrait of the undefeated commander ingeniously oscillates between reality and illusion, echoing the timeless symbolism of ancient Greek art and underlining Alexander's enduring image as both a historic persona and archetypal, legendary figure.

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