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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 76cm x W 101cm
Edition size: 50
Andy Warhol's Skull (F. & S. II.158) (signed) is a screenprint from 1976, estimated to be worth between £23,000 to £35,000. This artwork has seen a total of 3 sales at auction to date, with the first sale recorded on 10th June 2015. The hammer price has been consistent at £24,135, recorded on 15th November 2023. Sellers have enjoyed an average return of £20,515, and the artwork has demonstrated a steady increase in value with an average annual growth rate of 2%. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 50.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|November 2023||Christie's New York - United States||Skull (F. & S. II.158) - Signed Print|
|September 2015||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Skull (F. & S. II.158) - Signed Print|
|June 2015||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Skull (F. & S. II.158) - Signed Print|
|July 2011||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Skull (F. & S. II.158) - Signed Print|
|June 2002||Hampel Fine Art Auctions - Germany||Skull (F. & S. II.158) - Signed Print|
Andy Warhol’s screen print, Skull (F. & S. II.158) is one of four screen prints that make up his series from 1976. Based on a photograph taken by Warhol’s assistant Robbie Cutrone, the print was produced by layering bright blocks of colour over a hand-drawn sketch of a human skull. This print is distinct in that it represents a departure from Warhol’s photographic style that he is famed for, instead turning to sketchy, organic lines and blocks of flat colour to explore tensions between realism and abstraction.
As with his iconic Flowers series (1964), Warhol takes a playful approach to the art historical genre of still life painting, the subject of the skull making specific reference to ‘vanitas’ still lifes. Vanitas paintings in history were a reminder of human mortality and the fragility of life, and this deathly subject matter marks a shift in Warhol’s work, often linked to Warhol’s near-fatal shooting in 1968.
The exuberance of the yellow, green and blue blocks of colour are at odds with the grave subject matter, giving the print an unsettling but striking character. In contrast to his earlier photographic portraits of famous individuals, the Skulls series overthrows this by showing a subject devoid of any individuality. Of this, his assistant Cutrone once commented that to paint a skull ‘is to paint the portrait of everybody in the world.’ Through his obsessive repetition of the subject throughout his body of work, Warhol both desensitises and amplifies the permeating human condition of mortality.