Andy Warhol

Cow, 1966

Serigraph in colors on firm paper
Inscribed ‘Andy Warhol’ and several times ‘TRIM’ in the print
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity (COA) from the Estate of Andy Warhol
Catalogue raisonné: compare Feldmann/Schellmann/Defendi (2003) II.11
45 4/5 x 30 1/5 inches (116.5 x 76.8 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New York
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Andy Warhol, a trailblazing figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, left an indelible mark on the art world with his iconic works. Born in 1928, Warhol was known for his fascination with consumer culture and the repetitive motifs of everyday life. His artwork titled "Cow," created in 1966, is a prime example of his ability to transform ordinary objects into captivating art. In this piece, Warhol presents a vibrant and striking image of a cow, rendered in bold, flat colors, typically utilizing his signature silkscreen printing technique. The cow is reduced to its most essential form, stripped of all extraneous detail, creating an almost surreal and otherworldly presence. The repetition of the same image in multiple color variations adds to the sense of mass production and consumerism that Warhol often explored in his work.

"Cow" is a testament to Warhol's ability to challenge traditional notions of art by elevating commonplace subjects to the realm of high art. By taking a mundane and easily recognizable image and reimagining it in a provocative and eye-catching way, Warhol invites viewers to question the nature of art and its relationship to everyday life. The vibrant colors and repetitive composition serve as a commentary on the homogenization of modern society, as well as a nod to the mass production and commercialization that defined the 20th century. "Cow" remains a striking and thought-provoking piece, emblematic of Andy Warhol's ability to challenge conventions and provoke discourse about the nature of art and culture.

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