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Andy Warhol: Cats Named Sam IV 58 - Unsigned Print

Cats Named Sam IV 58
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 58 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 while he was living in an apartment on East 57th Street in Manhattan with his mother, Julia, and her 25 cats. The print is one of 16 lithograph prints that Warhol produced to accompany a children's book he published, 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. The original book itself is very rare, however the prints have survived and are some of the earliest works by Warhol on the market today.

This print captures the start of Warhol’s career as a Pop artist, produced while he was still working as a freelance commercial and children’s book illustrator in New York. Cats Named Sam IV 58 reflects Warhol's experimentation with drawing and printing as he combines simple lines with bright blocks of hand painted colour that was added after the printing process.

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