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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 75746
Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from 'Reigning Queens' portfolio), 1985

39.38 х 31.5 in. (100.03 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil, lower left
Print/Casting Year 1985
Edition of 40, 10 AP, 5 PP, 3 HC, 30 TP containing only one image of each queen
Foundry/Publisher George C. P. Mulder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lot description
This work is one of four silkscreen prints depicting Queen Ntombi Twala (b. 1950) of Swaziland. She has been the Indlovukazi (Great She-Elephant) of Swaziland since 1986 and is considered the spiritual leader of the country. When this portrait was taken she was also the regent and mother of King Mswati III. In this regal portrait, Warhol uses color blocks and lines to emphasize her jewelry and her spectacular headress.

Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, PA, was an iconic and versatile American Pop artist. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter and in the early 1960s began to create paintings based on advertisement imagery. He built his studio called "The Factory" and developed his signature style, which employed commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass-produced images on canvas. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world. Warhol died in 1987 due to complications following an operation; as per his final request, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established after his death.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)
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Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from 'Reigning Queens' portfolio) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from 'Reigning Queens' portfolio) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from 'Reigning Queens' portfolio) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from 'Reigning Queens' portfolio) by Andy Warhol
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