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Franz Kafka (FS II.226) by Andy Warhol

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Edition Size: Edition of 200, 30 AP, 5 PP, 3 EP, 25 TP, signed and numbered in pencil.

Image Size: 40 x 32 inches

Sheet Size: 40 x 32 inches

Reference: (FS II.226)


Condition: Good

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Franz Kafka, the inspiration of Franz Kafka 226, is regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and of the magical realism genre. Kafka is famous for both short stories and novels, with much of his work published posthumously, despite his wishes for his work to be burned and unread. Some of his most famous works include The Trial and The Metamorphosis. Kafka’s work became so influential that it inspired the creation of the word, “Kafkaesque,” when something evokes similar themes or scenarios that appeared in Kafka’s writings. Warhol’s take on Kafka’s image uses a realistic quality in the portrait, while overlaying it with muted greens and blues and shading that accentuates his features, such as his eyebrows and ears, like that of a caricature.

Franz Kafka 226 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Franz Kafka 226 is a part of Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. Warhol was prolific in his works depicting celebrities and was well known for his fascination with fame. It is noted that Warhol’s portraiture tends to reveal only the surface of a subject, just their image. In this series of portraits, the type of celebrity Warhol deals with is not so glamorous or typical of his usual pick of movie or rock stars. Each portrait is of a very influential figure in either the arts, sciences, or law.

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a prolific artist known for his innovative approach to printmaking. He embraced various printmaking techniques, such as screen printing and lithography, to create his iconic works. Warhol’s printmaking practice played a significant role in his exploration of popular culture, celebrity, and consumerism.

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