Andy Warhol was fascinated with the actress Elizabeth Taylor. Her combination of striking beauty and intense personal tragedy and romantic intrigue made her an irresistible subject for the artist. In the year he created this piece, Taylor was at the height of her fame. Unlike his later portraits, Warhol did not take the image used for this work from life, instead using a publicity photograph for Butterfly 8
- the film that earned Taylor a Best Actress Oscar in 1961. Warhol famously commented that ‘it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a big ring on Elizabeth Taylor’s finger’.
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Silver Liz (aka Liz Taylor) 1963 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 1/2 inches. ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. ELIZABETH TAYLOR® is a registered trademark and service mark in the United States and other foreign jurisdictions. All rights reserved.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.