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當代藝術日拍

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Andy Warhol
1928 - 1987年
LENIN
signed and dated 86 on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
56 by 40.6cm.; 22 by 16in.
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來源

Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich
Private Collection, London
Sale: Christie's, London, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 21 June 2007, Lot 398
Coskun Fine Arts, London
Private Collection, Europe

展覽

Munich, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Lenin by Warhol, 1987, p. 45, illustrated in colour

相關資料

Projecting a commanding sense of power and authority, Lenin is an iconic work from Andy Warhol’s last major series, based on a propagandistic photograph of the first leader of the U.S.S.R.  Completed shortly before Warhol’s death, the entire series was exhibited in Munich at Galerie Bernd Klüser in 1987, a show which poignantly opened only two days after the artist’s unexpected demise. In the present work, Lenin’s stern gaze is outlined in bold yellow and bright white pigment, reinforcing the subject’s imposing expression, whilst the peachy hues of the face contrast to brilliant effect with the inky depths of the black background. The source photograph for this series was brought to Warhol’s attention by gallery owner Bernd Klüser: a close-up of a group shot originally taken in 1897, the image had been modified in 1948 in order to remove the figures standing around Lenin, many of whom had become ideological or political opponents by the time the Bolshevik leader assumed power in 1917.

Alongside Warhol’s other iconic series, in particular those focusing on Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elvis, Warhol was able to create portraits of immense power in which the subject remains remote and at a distance, projecting a public rather than a personal image. Warhol instantly recognised the potential of the Lenin photograph, and was inspired to work on the series throughout 1986 as Klüser recalled, “We agreed that he would do a series of pictures in three different sizes, together with a set of drawings and collages and a silkscreen print edition… Our experiments with the prints over a period of several months had a considerable influence on the eventual look of the series as a whole. The range of colours was reduced, the drawing round the head was modified, and the background became a deep black, as in the original photograph…” (Bernd Klüser, in Exhibition Catalogue, Munich, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Lenin by Warhol, 1987, p. 68). The use of colour within the series is more bold and definitive, in many respects, than within several of Warhol’s earlier series: the solid colour blocks of the background instil the portraits with an extraordinary sense of gravity and profundity, whilst the brushwork on the surface reinforces Lenin’s defined contours and re-emphasises the impression of strength. The result here is an immensely painting that brilliantly encapsulates Warhol’s extraordinary eye for colour, while presenting the viewer with a subversive reworking of the traditional portrait genre.

當代藝術日拍

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