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Andy Warhol: Cats Named Sam IV 52 - Unsigned Print

Cats Named Sam IV 52
Unsigned Print

Andy Warhol


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Lithograph, 1954
Unsigned Print Edition of 190
H 23cm x W 15cm

Critical Review

Cats Named Sam IV 52 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol while he was living with his mother, Julia, in New York in the 1950s. The inspiration for this series clearly came from Warhol’s experience sharing an apartment on East 57th Street in Manhattan with his mother and her 25 cats who were all, bar one, named Sam. The prints in this series were produced alongside a children's book Warhol published in 1954 called 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. Despite the book's title, Warhol only made 16 lithographs depicting these cats.

This print captures Warhol's talent for drawing and playful use of colour. Each print in the series has a unique colour composition and was hand coloured by Warhol or his friends. Cats Named Sam IV 52 reflects Warhol’s experimentation with combining simple, gestural lines with bright blocks of colour that could be added after the process of making the lithograph. These artistic techniques clearly influenced his later works, such as the Truck and Ads series.

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