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Cats Named Sam IV 53

Cats Named Sam IV 53
Unsigned Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Cats Named Sam IV 53 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 to accompany a children's book he wrote, 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. Despite the book’s title, Warhol only produced 16 lithographs, which have become some of the earliest works by Warhol on the market today. The inspiration for the book and this series of prints can be traced back to Warhol's experience living with his mother in an apartment on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Warhol's mother, Julia, had 25 cats, who were all, bar one, called Sam. This series has a more personal feel to it than Warhol’s other prints, such as the Brillo Box or Campbell’s Soup series which focus on consumer culture.

The print captures Warhol’s excellent draughtsmanship and love for colour. Featuring Warhol’s signature blotted line technique which he became familiar with when working as a freelance commercial and children’s book illustrator, Cats Named Sam IV 53 marks an important turning point in Warhol's career, as he was on the cusp of becoming an icon of 20th century art.

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