Andy Warhol Purple Cows (F & S II.17A)Facts | History | Meaning
Catalogue Title: Purple Cows (FS II.17A) Year: 1967 Size 9 ½” x 6 ½ “ Medium: Rubber stamp print on Rives paper Edition: 225 signed as follows: approximately 203 signed with a rubber stamp, 20 signed with a rubber stamp and signed in pencil lower right, 2 signed in pencil lower right. Published in the bound portfolio “Stamped Indelibly,” containing fifteen works by fourteen artists, which is numbered on the colophon page.
Andy Warhol Purple Cows (F & S II.17A)Meaning & History
"Warhol’s purple cows, placed in close proximity, exude playfulness and even absurdity."
Purple Cows, produced by the artist in 1967, belongs to a portfolio of 15 prints titled Stamped Indelibly. Aptly named, the book of prints contains Warhol’s experimentation in hand-made rubber stamps, the precursor to his famous silk-screening method. Striking in its seriality – the work features a row of twenty purple cows – the print is an outstanding example of Warhol’s devotion to breaking convention.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the artist’s work is that of repetition and duplication. In the present work Warhol’s purple cows, placed in close proximity, exude playfulness and even absurdity.
Cows at this stage had already become a familiar motif, with Warhol having created a series of large-scale, neon portfolio of four screenprints between 1966-1977. The portfolio is regarded as a seminal work in the artist’s Pop Art pantheon, elevating the farmyard animal to the status of icon.
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