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Andy Warhol: Cats Named Sam IV 56 - Unsigned Print

Cats Named Sam IV 56
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 56 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 while he was living with his mother, and her 25 cats, in New York. Warhol produced 16 lithograph prints to accompany a book he published called 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. This series marks an important point in Warhol’s artistic career as he was on the cusp of becoming a renowned artist after struggling as a freelance commercial and children’s book illustrator.

Not only does this print capture Warhol’s skilful drawing, but also it reflects Warhol's early experimentation with combining the simple, gestural lines of his sketches with bright blocks of colour that are added after the process of making the lithograph print.

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