The Duchess Of Cambridge steps out with grace and contemporary style
If Andy Warhol were still alive he would have been 84 years young and still depicting popular culture in a cutting edge manner by summing up the zeitgeist of our 21st century culture. It is a given that Kate Middleton would have been a key subject of his creative output, with a series of prints and canvases capturing the moment that she married Prince William, last April. Warhol was fascinated by celebrity and he aspired to anything titled and royal. His silkscreens of Prince Charles and Lady Dianna Spencer are still a poignant reminder of their worldwide importance in British modern history. The portraits of the wedding was a moment of great importance, and American painter Andy Warhol celebrated the event by creating the images of the bride and groom in his own, unmistakable way. He completed the two silkscreen-ink-on-canvas paintings in 1982, not long after the royal wedding. Warhol also painted a iconic portrait of the Queen around the time of her silver jubilee.
Warhol was born 6 August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he died 22 February 1987 in New York. He was an American illustrator,artist and filmmaker, an initiator and leading exponent of the Pop art movement of the 1960s, whose mass-produced art apotheosized the supposed banality of the commercial culture of the United States. An unashamed self-publicist, he projected the concept that an artist could be an impersonal, vacuous, product as successful as a film celebrity and a superstar in his own right.
If this were were 30 years ago Andy Warhol would embrace The Duchess of Cambridge as he did other classic personalities like Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The work shown above is a composite, in the style of a classic Warhol canvas. If only the master were alive today to stamp his mark on the new generation of Royals!