Andy Warhol (1928-1987, American)

Andy Warhol holding a KittenAndy Warhol (1928-1987, American) born Andrew Warhola, was an accomplished illustrator and pop artist whose works document celebrity culture and modern advertisement.  A controversial artist, he pioneered computer generated art but worked in various types of media such as hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, and sculpture.  He was the first to use the phrase “15 minutes of fame”.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the child of Slovakian immigrants. Sickly in youth, he developed a fear of hospitals and doctors and became reclusive at an early age. After high school, he anticipated studying art education in order to become an art teacher. Instead, he pursued commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.  In 1949, he moved to New York to begin a career in magazine illustration and advertising.  In the 50’s he began to exhibit his works. He held his first pop art exhibition in 1962. He was highly criticized for embracing American consumerism. Warhol barely survived a murder attempt by a radical feminist in 1968. The incident had a profound effect on his life and art. By the 80’s, he was being criticized as a “business” artist; his art was called superficial and commercial. He was known as the “Pope of Pop”.

Andy Warhol Lying with Kitten

Warhol was, of course, a cat lover. In his youth, after his father’s death, he lived in his Carnegie Hill townhouse throughout the 50’s and 60’s with his mother and 25 cats. In 1954, Warhol published a book of lithographs, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. His mother who helped with the publication accidentally left the ‘d’ off of ‘name’ and it was left that way, and there were only 16 cats, not 25.  However, it is clear that Warhol depicted each cat with care, as each portrait displays the feline’s individual expression and character. Warhol’s cat collection began when he thought that his cat Hester would become lonely. He brought home another cat named Sam. Hester and Sam then had kittens.  The sequel Holy Cats by Andy Warhol’s Mother is a eulogy for his mother’s cat Hester, which she wrote and illustrated herself.  Warhol commented on the book, “It featured what she loved to draw most, angels and cats.”  Shortly after Warhol’s death in 1987, the two publications were sold as a boxed set.  

Andy Warhol and Siamese cat

In his final years the eccentric Warhol lived alone in a five storey building with his cats and dogs surrounded by antiques, art and boxes of wigs. Ironically, he died of complications due to gallbladder surgery, remaining at home to avoid the doctors.

Andy Warhol with cat in studio

 

PENCIL/INK SKETCHES

 

Andy Warhol cats, sketch, cat art

 

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987). Reclining Cat, ink and graphite on paper

Reclining Cat
Ink and Graphite on paper


Andy Warhol katze, Sitting Cat Ink on paper

Sitting Cat
Ink on paper, 1957

 

Andy Warhol, cat sketch

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Andy Warhol, Cat Mama

Cat Mama

 

 

 

Andy Warhol, Foot and Cats Sketch, 1955

Foot and Cats
1955

 

Andy Warhol, Sketch-pencil drawing of cat 1950's

Cat
1950’s

 

Andy Warhol, sketch Sam

Sketch, Sam

 

 

Andy Warhol, Sam sketch

Sam

 

Andy Warhol, Sam Looking Up, sketch

Sam Looking Up

 

Andy Warhol, Sketch-The Cat Looked Like...

Sketch-The Cat Looked Like…

 

WATERCOLORS/PAINT/WASHES AND INK

Andy Warhol, Multiples of Sam

Multiples of Sam

 

Warhol multiple cats

 

 

 

Andy Warhol, Cover of 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy

Cover of 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy

 

 

 

 

andy-warhol-25-cats-named-sam-and-one-blue-pussy-by-andy-warhol-c-1954-blue-sam

Blue Sam
1954

 

Andy Warhol, Photo of Cat 1976

Photo of Cat
1976

 

Andy Warhol, Cat 1976

Cat
1976

 

Andy Warhol, Black and White Cat

Black and White Cat

 

 

Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn and Cat Breakfast at Tiffany's, katze, chats

Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

 

Andy Warhol, Black Sam and Blue Fish, katze, chats

Black Sam with Blue Fish

 

Andy Warhol, Blue Sam with a Rose, katze, katzen, chat

Blue Sam with a Rose

 

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Blue Eyes

Brown Sam with Blue Eyes

 

Andy Warhol, Two Blue Kittens 1954

Two Blue Kittens
1954

 

Andy Warhol, multiple cats

 

 

 

Andy Warhol, Christmas Cat

Christmas Cat

 

Andy Warhol, Fuchsia Sam

Fuchsia Sam

 

Andy Warhol, Gold Cat

Gold Cat

 

Andy Warhol, Gold Cat 2

Gold Cat 2

 

 

Andy Warhol Lavender Sam Lying Down

Lavender Sam Lying Down

 

Andy Warhol, One Blue Pussy, 1954

One Blue Pussy
1954

 

Andy Warhol, Orange Fat Sam

Orange Fat Sam

 

Andy Warhol, Pink Sam's Head

Pink Sam’s Head

 

 

Andy Warhol, Purple Sam and Sam

Purple Sam and Sam

 

 

 

Andy Warhol, Red Sam

Red Sam

 

Andy Warhol, So Happy

So Happy

 

Andy Warhol, So Meow

So Meow

 

Andy Warhol, Violet Sam with Red Eyes

Violet Sam with Red Eyes

 

HOLY CATS BY JULIA WARHOLA

 

Holy Cats, Julia Warhola 1

 

Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 2

 

Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 3

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 4

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 5

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 6

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 7

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 8

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 9

 

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 10

 

Andy Warhol Holy Cats by Julia Warhola, 11

 

Warhol with Kitten 1957

Warhol with Kitten
1957


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