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Cow (F. & S. II.11)

Cow (F. & S. II.11)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1966
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 97cm x W 72cm

Critical Review

Karp’s suggestion of the subject came about because the art dealer considered it to be a durable image from the history of art that specifically referenced the traditional genre of pastoral landscape painting. Warhol took this suggestion and subverted it drastically by turning the seemingly timeless subject into a piece of fashion kitsch.

As an extension of the Cow series, that Warhol began in 1966, the artist decided to create a wallpaper out of the iconic image. The effect was playful and chaotic, disrupting the timelessness of the pastoral subject by transforming it into a mass-produced salable commodity. Cows are a common subject of genre painting that many people choose to display in their homes and with this print Warhol makes the point blatantly clear that fine art has been treated like wallpaper long before he literally did this with his own art.