Liz
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Liz 1965
  • Artist Rooms
This exhibition poster features the portrait of the hugely successful actress, Elizabeth Taylor. Warhol first painted her portrait in 1963 when she was at the height of her career. Yet she was also severely ill with pneumonia. This highlights Warhol’s fascination with celebrity and death that began with his painting of Marilyn Monroe following her suicide in 1962 and continued throughout his oeuvre. In this portrait Warhol used a publicity photograph for Taylor’s film ‘Butterfly 8’ as the basis for the screenprint. It is typical of his 1960s Pop style with vibrant, flat blocks of colour. This poster was made for an exhibition held in 1965, the same year Warhol famously announced that he was ‘retiring’ from painting.

Glossary Open

Oeuvre

French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Oeuvre, Pop Art, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00320
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 63.50 x 70.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008