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Signed Print Edition of 200
H 97cm x W 97cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|July 2021||Wright - United States||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|October 2020||Phillips New York - United States||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|April 2019||Sotheby's New York - United States||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|October 2018||Sotheby's New York - United States||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|June 2016||Uppsala Auktionskammare - Sweden||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|April 2016||Sotheby's New York - United States||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
|March 2016||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) - Signed Print|
Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) is a signed screen print on Lenox Museum board made by the renowned artist Andy Warhol in 1981. The print comes in a limited edition size of 200 and shows a portrait of Uncle Sam, a fictional figure who was created to represent the US government, most notably remembered for featuring in the posters recruiting young people to join the American army during World War I and World War II. Against a pale yellow backdrop, Uncle Sam is rendered in Warhol’s characteristic visual style with bright red and blue gestural lines delineating the icon’s facial features. The colours of the American flag dominate this composition which capture how Uncle Sam is often seen as a personified embodiment of the United States.
Uncle Sam (F. & S. II.259) is part of Warhol’s Myths collection which features ten screen prints, all of which depict icons and idols from American popular culture. While many of the subjects for Warhol’s portraits in this collection are characters from television shows and films, Uncle Sam is one of the few figures that was not created for entertainment purposes.
To create this portrait, Warhol asked one of his friends to dress up as Uncle Sam so he could take Polaroid photographs of the character in any pose he wanted which would then act as the source material for the screen prints. This contrasts with many of Warhol’s other screen prints which were based on preexisting imagery, such as those in the Ads collection.