Montblanc Special Edition Great Characters Andy Warhol Ballpoint Pen
A pop icon during his lifetime and a cultural legend today, Andy Warhol redefined art with works that have become instantly recognized by audiences all over the world. With his provocative paintings, drawing, films and photographs, the legendary artist boldly defied the traditional assumptions of what art should be, breaking down the barriers between 'high art' and 'commercial art'. With the Montblanc Great Characters Andy Warhol Special Edition, Montblanc celebrates and honors the great artist's imprint on contemporary art and culture with a design that reflects some of his most famous works.
Warhol's fame is inextricably bound with the creation of serial images drawn from popular culture, including his "Campbell's Soup Cans series" from 1965. As a tribute to one of the masterpieces that propelled him to fame, the Andy Warhol Special Edition's unusual cap design features four images of Tomato Soup Cans artfully worked into stainless steel, appearing in a 2 by 2 formation reminiscent of his serial approach. His masterful eye for color informs the contrast created between the cobalt blue precious resin of the barrel and the narrow orange rings on the cone, evoking the bold color variations of the Soup Can series. The cap and cone are subtly designed to echo the ordinary tin soup can lid that he transformed into extraordinary art.
Warhol's personal vision of art gave rise to his unconventional approach as he sought to consciously eliminate any kind of artistic fingerprint, and start multiplying his images in a machine-like manner. In homage to Andy Warhol's preferred technique of silkscreen printing, the clip of the writing instrument is shaped like the most important tool of this technique: the squeegee. Reflecting his commercial focus, the Montblanc Andy Warhol Special Edition celebrates the merger of art and commerce in the handcrafted rhodium-plated 585 gold nib, finely engraved with the dollar sign from his Dollar Sign series, underscoring popular culture's preoccupation with money.
In homage to The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts established in 1987 to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual arts, an engraving of ©/®/TM AWF appears alongside Warhol's signature on the cap ring of the Special Edition available as fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen. Symbolic of his revolutionary approach to art, one of Warhol's famous quotes is engraved on the cap top: "Art is what you can get away with".
Nearly 30 years after his death, Andy Warhol's almighty influence still permeates both the art world and popular culture. Warhol showed the world a new way of looking and continues to be one of the art world's leading figures. Through fine craftsmanship and elegant design, the Montblanc's Great Characters Andy Warhol immortalizes the spirit, genius and pioneering spirit of the father of 'pop art'.
Montblanc Limited Edition Great Characters Andy Warhol Ballpoint Features
- Warhol's signature on the cap ring of the Special Edition
- Warhol's characteristically vibrant colors
- Cone embellished with symbol of discourse, the barcode
- Fine craftsmanship
- Elegant design
- Immortalizes the spirit and genius of the father of pop art