(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1928 - 1987, New York, New York)

Mao Tse-Tung , 1972

Screenprint on paper
36 in. x 36 in. (91.44 cm x 91.44 cm)
Gift of Stanley Davis
1981.46 a
Andy Warhol added Mao Tse-Tung to the celebrities he featured in his work when President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 drew attention to the country’s leader. These portraits are from a portfolio of ten screen prints of Mao that Warhol created that year. All are based on the image used as the frontispiece of Mao’s The Little Red Book, a compilation of his quotations. The dramatically different colors and gestural marks applied over and around Mao’s face gives each print a distinctive presence. Warhol subsequently portrayed Mao in paintings, prints and drawings, as well as on wallpaper, certainly appreciating the irony of commodifying the Communist icon.
  
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