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The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)

A work made of silkscreen on cream wove paper.
© 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of silkscreen on cream wove paper.

Date:

1963

Artist:

Andy Warhol
American, 1928-1987

About this artwork

The Kiss (Bela Lugosi) was an early experiment with the silkscreen process that would transform Andy Warhol’s art; it was also one of only three prints the artist silk-screened onto paper rather than linen. Although the mechanized process lent itself to the quick and easy reproduction of a single image, each version is slightly different because the artist hand-rolled ink across the screen. This work reproduces a still from the 1931 Dracula movie in which Bela Lugosi, as Count Dracula, is about to bite the neck of Mina (played by Helen Chandler). Warhol continued exploring this subject matter later in 1963 with the film Kiss, which consists of various couples acting out the titular embrace.

More works by the artist are on view in Gallery 296C.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Andy Warhol

Title

The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1963

Medium

Silkscreen on cream wove paper

Dimensions

74.5 × 100 cm (29 3/8 × 39 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Delaney and the Prints and Drawings Fund

Reference Number

1987.60

Copyright

© 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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