Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985
A unique colour trial proof
In 1985 Warhol embarked on his largest portfolio of screenprints. Entitled 'Reigning Queens' it contains sixteen prints of the four ruling queens at that time in the world: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Based on official or media photographs, Warhol has incorporated abstract blocks of colour that, although screenprinted, appear collaged. He has also combined printed elements derived from drawings, which emphasise details such as jewellery.
Silkscreen in colours, 1985, signed in pencil and numbered TP, from the edition 30, a unique trial proof aside from the standard edition of 40, printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, published by George C. P. Mulder, Amsterdam Sheet 103 x 80 cm.