Goethe (1982) by Andy Warhol

Goethe - Andy Warhol - 1982

Artwork Information

ArtistAndy Warhol
Dimensions38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Art MovementPop Art
Current Locationprinted on Lenox Museum Board

About Goethe

The artwork titled “Goethe,” created by the illustrious artist Andy Warhol in 1982, is an exemplary demonstration of the pop art movement’s influence on modern portraiture. This piece, with its dimensions of 38 x 38 inches (or 96.5 x 96.5 centimeters), is printed on Lenox Museum Board and offers an innovative interpretation within the genre of portraiture. The physical location of the original printed piece as of the knowledge cutoff date is not provided, therefore not mentioned here.

The artwork presents a quadriptych—a series of four images—featuring a stylized portrait of the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, each image rendered with a different combination of bold, vibrant colors that are quintessentially Warholian in their execution. In this dynamic set, each depiction of Goethe features varied color palettes for the background, the figure’s clothing, and the hat, alongside the treatment of facial features with contrasting hues that underscore the artist’s fascination with the interplay of color and celebrity representation. These manipulations create a rhythmic pattern and a stimulating visual experience, encapsulating Warhol’s profound contribution to and transformation of portraiture through the lens of pop art.

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