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Andy Warhol: Cats Named Sam IV 68 - Unsigned Print

Cats Named Sam IV 68
Unsigned Print

Andy Warhol


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Lithograph, 1954
Unsigned Print Edition of 190
H 22cm x W 14cm

Critical Review

Cats Named Sam IV 68 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 to accompany a children’s book he published privately, 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy. The book and series of 16 lithograph prints were inspired by Warhol’s mother, Julia, who lived with him in his Manhattan apartment, along with her 25 cats, all of whom were called Sam, except the cat in this print, who was called Hester.

This print features Warhol’s signature blotted line technique that was achieved by transferring an ink illustration onto a separate piece of paper, resulting in delicate lines, sometimes dotted or broken. This technique was an early exploration into the process of image reproduction that came to characterise Warhol’s Pop art, making him an icon of 20th century art.

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