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Hergé: who owns the portrait by Andy Warhol, and where is it?

#1 · Posted: 5 Jan 2006 19:01
At the Tintin exhibition in Greenwich, London, there was a portrait of Hergé by the famous pop artist Andy Warhol. Does anyone know anything about it, as there is nothing about it in the guide book?
#2 · Posted: 5 Jan 2006 21:03
midnightblueowl... you're overloading my head with Tintin! (which isn't all together unpleasant...)

There's an amusing retelling of this episode in Bocquet and Stanislas' Adventures of Hergé - Hergé meeting with Warhol - it appears in Drawn & Quarterly 4 (2001).
#3 · Posted: 18 May 2008 08:51
Even having read the larger, definitive Michael Farr guides to Tintin and Hergé, I don't recall ever coming across details of Warhol's Hergé silk prints besides their existence.
Are they privately owned or owned by a certain gallery somewhere?
Are there prints available, as is the case with so much of Warhol's work?

Many thanks!
#4 · Posted: 18 May 2008 09:29
I think that there are three prints of the piece, and at least two of them are the property of the Studio.
There is some story I can't quite remember the details of, about there being a problem with paying for them?
A portrait was commissioned for Hergé, and it was sent and paid for...
Then another one turned up, and that was paid for too, although it was both expensive and a bit of a surprise. Then came a third one, unexpectedly, and the Studios decided they had to call a halt to it, otherwise they might never have stopped, and I think that one stayed elsewhere and no more were made...
One was displayed at the Greenwich Maritime Museum during the Tintin at Sea exhibition - not terribly naval, but nice to see!

I'm slightly confused by the bit in your question about are there prints available, as they are all prints to begin with - I take it you mean like a poster or post-card? If so, I don't believe so.
Of course you may be a well-heeled art-lover, keen to add yet another Warhol original to your collection...! ;-)
#5 · Posted: 18 May 2008 19:00
Thanks for that response.
Yes, sorry I meant "print" in the sense of a copy/poster. That's such a pity, I'd love to have my own copy of it, as I am sure many others would too. The Studio may well do well out of releasing posters of it. That said, there may well be copyright complications..?
Anyway, I hope one day I'll be able to hang a poster of one on my wall!
#6 · Posted: 11 May 2022 14:16
Further to my comments above (made quite some time ago now!), this video clip of Hergé and Warhol meeting in Brussels, to be found on the RTBF (Belgian state broadcaster) website, offers visual evidence to the effect that there are at least four, rather than three, prints in the edition.

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