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Electric Chair (F. & S. II.79) - Signed Print by Andy Warhol 1971 - MyArtBroker

Electric Chair (F. & S. II.79)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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Screenprint, 1971
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 90cm x W 122cm

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Meaning & Analysis

This print is a striking departure from the original Electric Chair painting that featured in the 1964 Death and Disaster series. The vibrant colours used in the negative renditions of the image create a dramatic juxtaposition to the grave and empty image that lies beneath. Warhol hints at the political with the print by using colours that are hard to ignore, such as the heavily contrasted, dark brown and blue tones on this print that make the original image almost unrecognizable, thus unsettling and forcing the viewer to confront this haunting image of death head on.

Warhol makes the point that these images are so often ignored in newspapers, and so here he transforms the media photograph into a work of fine art to be thoughtfully considered in the gallery setting. The representational, grainy texture juxtaposed with the abstract strokes of colour produce a ghostly contour and pulsating visual effect, bringing viewers to the moment of electrocution.

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