Mickey Mouse 265 by Andy Warhol
Title: Mickey Mouse 265
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Boards with Diamond Dust
Size: 38” x 38”
Details: Edition of 200, signed and numbered in pencil lower left. Portfolio of 10.
Andy Warhol created Mickey Mouse 265 in 1981 for his Myths portfolio. Myths features ten recognizable characters representative of American popular culture. In addition to Mickey Mouse, other characters Warhol included are Greta Garbo as Mata Hari (the Star), Uncle Sam, Superman, the Wicked Witch of the West, Mammy, Howdy Doody, Dracula, Santa Clause, and the Shadow. Each character represents a different facet of Andy Warhol’s personality and the defining legends of American culture. Known for his celebrity portraiture, Myths was the first portfolio in which Warhol featured portraits of fictional icons. His portrait of Mickey Mouse is a mostly black and white image with red and orange outlines and a bright red tongue in his open-mouthed smile. The print is sprinkled with diamond dust, a gift Warhol received from a friend at the factory and incorporated into his artistic process. Andy Warhol’s Mickey Mouse is representative of the pop artist’s celebrity portraiture as well as his keen awareness of American popular culture.