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Cats Named Sam IV 63

Cats Named Sam IV 63
Unsigned Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Cats Named Sam IV 63 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol while he was living with his mother on East 57th Street in Manhattan, New York. One of 16 lithograph prints, Cats Named Sam IV 63 was produced to accompany a children’s book Warhol published called 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. This series therefore captures the influence of Warhol’s early career, as a freelance children’s book illustrator, and his development to becoming a renowned Pop artist and icon of the 20th century.

This print features Warhol’s signature blotted line technique, achieved by transferring an ink illustration onto a separate piece of paper, that could then be coloured in with watercolour dyes. Each print in this series has a unique colour composition, demonstrating Warhol’s creative and playful use of colour which has come to characterise his work.

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