The 1980s saw Warhol return to the work of painters such as Sandro Botticelli as a source of inspiration. He first experimented with this in relation to Mona Lisa’s visit to New York in 1963, producing a variety of works based on Leonardo’s mysterious woman. This screenprint is based on a painting by the German artist Johann Tischbein. It depicts Goethe, a key figure in German literature as a traveller in a landscape of ruins. Warhol has cropped the original composition so as to create a head and shoulders portrait of the writer. Goethe had contemplated painting as an early career choice and published a book on the theory of colour. As the first person to study the psychological affects of colour, it is interesting to think what he would make of Warhol’s representation of him as a Pop icon.
Screenprint in colours, 1982, signed in pencil, numbered from the edition of 100 (total edition includes 22 artist’s proofs), with the artist’s copyright inkstamp verso, with the printer’s blindstamp, Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, with the publisher’s inkstamp verso, Editions Schellmann & Klüser, Munich / New York; Denise René / Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, on Lenox Museum Board, sheet 96.5 x 96.5cm.
Stock ID: 99585