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pop queens

November 10, 2011

this fall, I’ve been able to see 75% of Andy Warhol’s ‘Reigning Queens’ series.  this set of four includes the Queens of England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Swaziland.  I just love his quirky twist on the traditional royal portrait.  the glamour of a royal life is apparent from the big jewels and lovely crowns, but he brings the monarchs into the modern age with his screen printing and color blocking.

(clockwise from top left)

1.  Queen Elizabeth II from the UK

2.  Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

3.  Queen Ntombi Twaia of Swaziland

4.  Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

images from warholprints.com

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