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Querelle 1982

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
In 1982 Warhol was commissioned by the German film director Rainer Fassbinder to design a poster for his adaptation of Jean Genet’s classic novel, ‘Querelle’. The story of a sailor’s journey into the sexual underworld of a French port appealed to Warhol’s cinematic sensibilities and could easily have been one of his own productions (he had started making films in the 1960s). This design is based on a photograph by Warhol of two young men with bare shoulders. It is characteristic of his work in the 1980s, incorporating elements of both hand-drawn and photographic screen printing. In reversing the figure in the bottom right, the viewer’s eye is encouraged to follow the images round, with attention being drawn to the tongue by splashing it with a vibrant red.


  • Acc. No. AR00373
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 100.10 x 67.90 cm (framed: 108.20 x 76.00 x 3.80 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