19.5″H x 15″W
Lenin a Giclee Print by Andy Warhol
Purchased from an Online Estate Auction in Oregon in 2016.
The story on this art piece is, the family was selling off all their accents and moving down South for retirement. I purchased a number of prints and paintings. This family had 150 pieces they were departing with and had been collecting for 15 years.
Very Popular Print by Andy Warhol
Warhol’s Lenin is a political celebrity series of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the 1917 Russian Bolshevik Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union. The Pop print reaches beyond Hollywood figures into the realm of politics, transforming the Father of Russia’s Communist Revolution into a 1980s icon. The portrait is covered in bright red, the color of communism, referencing the movement Lenin stood for. Lenin’s face, hand and book are distinguished by bright yellow and blue contour lines, while his shirt disappears into the glowing scarlet background with no delineation between the two. Warhol’s print resembles widespread propaganda of Lenin’s face and outstretched hand in front of the red communist flag. Lenin is one of Warhol’s last series and is widely sought after, as it was produced the year of his death in 1987.
Previous to Lenin, Warhol glamorized another communist leader – Chinese Mao Zedong. The Mao portfolio of 1972 includes individual marks, which are ironic as signs of personal expression were not allowed during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Unlike Mao, Red Lenin is void of expressionistic marks and artistic freedom, focusing the viewer on Lenin’s face and hand floating on a solid expanse of red. In addition, Warhol’s commercial silkscreening process itself is a play on communist ideology, as the series’ production resembles the mass manufacture of consumer products – the foundation of capitalism.