Dracula Trial Proof by Andy Warhol

Warhol’s interest in Dracula can be dated to 1974 when he produced a film entitled “Blood for Dracula” directed by Paul Morrissey. The film is a witty spoof on the various Dracula tropes interspersed with homoerotic sex and outrageous violence. It has become a cult classic. In 1981 Warhol embarked on the “Myths” portfolio and included Dracula. It has been written that the “Myths” prints all contain some facet of Warhol’s personality. With his very pale skin and night owl habits he looked like a vampire and was affectionately called “Drella” by his friends – combining the words Dracula and Cinderella. Dracula  is part of Warhol’s Myths portfolio, which also included characters such as Superman, Mickey Mouse, and Dracula.

Presentation

Signed and numbered Edition of 200

Created

1981

Size

38×38

Medium

Screen print

Signed

Yes

Genre

Pop

Description

Dracula Trial Proof by Andy Warhol  from the Myths Portfolio

The Myths Portfolio is one of Andy Warhol’s most sought after collections. Andy Warhol’s Myths collection contains ten screen prints of iconic mythical figures, including Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse and Superman, among many others.From the 1960s on, Andy Warhol exhibited an unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time – contemporary images that capture the modern imagination as completely as the gods and goddesses of ancient mythology once did.

In Myths, Warhol’s 1981 portfolio of 10 screen prints, he was referring not to remote civilizations, but to the beginnings of the cinema and the imaginary characters loved and recognized by millions all over the world.  Most images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from old Hollywood films or 1950s television and portray the universal view of America’s once enchanted and powerful past.  Included in the series are characters loved by children such as Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Uncle Sam.

Warhol’s interest in Dracula can be dated to 1974 when he produced a film entitled “Blood for Dracula” directed by Paul Morrissey. The film is a witty spoof on the various Dracula tropes interspersed with homoerotic sex and outrageous violence. It has become a cult classic. In 1981 Warhol embarked on the “Myths” portfolio and included Dracula. It has been written that the “Myths” prints all contain some facet of Warhol’s personality. With his very pale skin and night owl habits he looked like a vampire and was affectionately called “Drella” by his friends – combining the words Dracula and Cinderella.

 

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