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Andy Warhol, Mother and Child, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Mother and Child, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986
Reference:FS IIB.383
Series:Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986
Medium:Color Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Image:36 in x 36 in (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm)
Sheet:36 in x 36 in (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm)
Framed:Approx. 44 13/16 in x 44 13/16 in (113.8 cm x 113.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 250 in pencil in lower right. Each print is unique; published by Gaultney, Klineman Art, Inc., New York; printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 – New York, 1987) in pencil in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6811
Price on Request

Historical Description

Andy Warhol, Mother and Child, 1986 shows a Native American woman carrying her son on her back, his eyes closed and his head resting on the back of her neck. They are both wrapped in textiles of rich green and red. A saturated pink dominates this work, creating a sharp distinction between the figures and their stark background.

Andy Warhol’s Mother and Child is the only work in Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series that features two Native American figures; in the midst of a series that is largely composed of singular figures associated with the American West, Andy Warhol’s Mother and Child uses an important familial relationship as a reminder of the humanity and community in Native American culture that is hidden behind these celebrity personas. Andy Warhol’s Mother and Child is taken from a postcard photograph image entitled “’Bright Eyes’ Squaw and Papoose.” By appropriating the image from a postcard, Warhol also plays with the idea of how ideas about the West are created and questions what kinds of images are being spread.

Created in 1986, Andy Warhol’s Mother and Child is a color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board and is hand signed in the lower left corner in pencil. It is a unique work of an edition of 250, published by Gaultney, Klineman Art Inc., New York and printed by Rupert Jason Smith, New York.

This screenprint is part of a portfolio of works Warhol created in 1986 titled Cowboys and Indians. Other works in the Cowboys and Indians Series include General CusterSitting BullKachina DollsGeronimoAnnie Oakley, War Bonnet Indian, Buffalo Nickel, Action Picture, Northwest Coast Mask, Plains Indians Shield,  Indian Head Nickel, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Wayne.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Andy Warhol, Mother and Child, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, artist name title, year is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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