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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 91cm x W 91cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Printed in 1986, Mother And Child (F. & S. II.383) is a signed screen print on Lenox Museum Board by Andy Warhol that depicts a Native American woman carrying her son on her back. The woman stares into the distance while her son is sleeping, resting his head on her shoulders. The two figures are wrapped in textiles rendered in rich green and red and Warhol uses yellow and blue hand-drawn lines to contour the image and add to the texture of the fabric. The gestural lines delineate the figures and the bold colours contrast against the white backdrop.
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.