Andy Warhol Animal Print - Cow, Pink and Purple (FS II.12A)
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Andy Warhol
Cow, Pink and Purple (FS II.12A)

1976

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Title: Cow 12A Medium: Screenprint on wallpaper Year: 1976 Size: 45 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ Details: Edition unlimited. Stamped; In blue ink, "Authorized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts" and "The Estate of Andy Warhol"; with Andy Warhol Foundation inventory number written in pencil (all verso). Andy Warhol was inspired to by art dealer Ivan Karp to create his Cows in the 1960s. Karp suggested to Warhol, “Why don’t you paint some cows, they’re so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts.” Warhol’s printer Gerard Malanga chose the photograph of the cow, however it was Warhol’s unique pop art style that made the final product so interesting. Staying true to his pop art style, he chose a vibrant color scheme of pink on purple, making the pastoral animal seem like it was on an acid trip. Warhol then printed the Cow image on wallpaper, which he first introduced to his creative production in 1966 with his first Cow. This particular Cow was created for an exhibition in 1976 at the Modern Art Pavillion at Seattle Center. In Andy’s classic mode of repetition, every inch of the walls was covered with his pink and purple Cow. Warhol created 4 variations of his Cow, with this being the fourth and final version.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 45.5 in. x W 29.75 in.H 115.57 cm x W 75.57 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU263426082
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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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