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Andy Warhol, Sunset, 1972 FS II.85

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Sunset, 1972 FS II.85
Reference:FS II.85
Medium:Screenprint on paper
Sheet:34 x 34 in (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Edition:Numbered from 40 portfolios containing 4 prints each in pencil on verso. There are a total of 632 unique prints, divided into 40 portfolios of 4, the remaining 472 were used by architects Johnson & Burgee for the Hotel Marquette, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1981, upon removal from the hotel, these prints were numbered 1/470-470/470, and two were marked HC.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7069

Historical Description

Andy Warhol’s Sunset, 1972 portfolios are simple studies of abstracted sunsets, showing off Warhol’s experimentation with color. Repeating the same imagery of a simple round sun slowly disappearing over the horizon, Warhol printed this work in hundreds of different color combinations. Warhol often used contrasting colors in his work throughout his career, exploring which colors drew the viewer’s eye in the most. This is most likely an after effect of his artistic start in commercial design, when the goal is to catch someone’s eye off the street. This makes these compositionally simple prints incredibly captivating. Most of the color combinations are unrealistic and stray from naturalistic colors found in real sunsets, letting the viewer’s imagination run wild. Sunset, 1972 FS II.85 features a golden yellow sun set against a forrest green sky. The yellows, oranges and greens of the work melt together to create an otherworldly landscape.

Created in 1972, Andy Warhol Sunset, FS II.85 is a screenprint on paper. This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil on verso. Numbered from 40 portfolios containing 4 prints each in pencil on verso.

This screenprint is part of a series of Sunset prints Warhol created in 1972. He printed hundreds of different versions with unique color combinations. Three other versions of this print are listed as Sunset FS II.86, Sunset FS II.87 and Sunset FS II.88.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Sunset, 1972 FS II.85 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. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. II.85 on page 81.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Sunset, 1972 FS II.85 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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