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Mother And Child (F. & S. II.383)

Mother And Child (F. & S. II.383)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 91cm x W 91cm

Critical Review

Mother And Child (F. & S. II.383) belongs to the Cowboys And Indians series, composed of ten graphic screen prints. This print exemplifies how Warhol takes archetypal figures of the American West to convey the distorted and romanticised vision of Native America obtained through images in popular culture, such as Western films. Warhol takes this a step further by turning this image of a Native American woman into a Pop Art icon.

The print was made using Warhol's signature screen printing technique. This method is known for its capacity to mass-produce imagery to be widely distributed. By removing the image's original background and distorting the image through the use of bright, unconventional colours, Warhol abstracts the image from its historical context and reduces an entire heritage and culture into a single symbolic image. With Mother And Child (F. & S. II.383), Warhol makes a political comment on the way in which mass-produced imagery in popular culture can alter and even erase our understanding of a particular history.

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