acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
102,2 x 102,2 cm (40 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.)
verso signed, dated and numbered 'PO 50.003'
Andy Warhol was the court painter of the 1970s and 1980s, as the art historian Robert Rosenblum once described it, and with him began a new era of portrait painting. He portrayed artists and outsiders, film stars and friends, monarchs, athletes and rock stars - simply anyone who graced the covers of magazines, gossip columns or newspapers. In the beginning, Warhol went after the rich and famous, but the tide soon turned and Warhol became the hunted. Everyone who was anyone, or who could afford it, wanted a Warhol portrait of themselves.