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Andy Warhol's Cats & Dogs

In 1954, Andy Warhol, a renowned cat lover, published a series of 25 cat portraits in book form. Printed on special edition, hand-colored Arches watermarked paper, the prints were privately printed making it as being a Christmas keepsake. He named his book 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. He had originally meant it you just read "... Named Sam" but his mother, who did the lettering, ended the "d" and Warhol belief that a final version was fine.


Inside the 1950s, Warhol obtained a brownstone where he with his fantastic mother resided. And, whilst they had owned cats for 20 years, his number of cat portraits just weren't using the cats he lived with and knew. Instead, they were based on the photographs of New York Cat Photographer Walter Chandoha.

Within the 1970s, Warhol 's interest with cats faded and his awesome interest in dogs rose. His boyfriend decided they should get yourself a short-haired Dachshund puppy. They named your new puppy "Archie". Warhol became so enthralled with Archie that he became his alter ego. While he held Archie during interviews, when Warhol would not wish to answer a certain question, although simply deflect the inquiries to Archie. Warhol took the dog everywhere - to his studio, to art openings, to dinner, to photo shoots, also to London when his work took him there.

When Archie was almost three, another Dachshund got into the photo. This dog, they called "Amos". The three of these got along famously. Amos and Archie would play the townhouse barking, chasing and messing around with the other person while providing constant entertainment for Warhol. All was well, except now Archie would be home more with his newfound friend Amos rather than gallivanting town with Warhol.

In 1976, the art collector Peter Brant commissioned Andy Warhol to create his Cocker Spaniel named Ginger. Andy made two paintings of Ginger, along with drawings. Peter Brant liked these a great deal he thought Warhol should do a complete number of cat and dog drawings. Andy liked the theory too. It might throw open a whole new division of commission portraits and will give him an opportunity to use Archie and Amos in the work. All he lacked was obviously a cat that could fit the modeling mold.

Warhol liked to work with photographs. He'd trouble staging his pets all night . them remain still. He chose to use stuffed animals for his first dog and cat photos. Vincent Fremont at Artnet called the finished paintings of the stuffed creatures "spooky and macabre". The paintings; however, that Warhol completed from photographs of dogs and cats are said being vibrant and infused with personality.

Over time he soon started dabbling in other arts, including underground films that explored the shock value of nudity, greed, and sexuality. In 1976, after his hiatus from regular, mainstream art pursuits, Peter Brant arranged for Warhol's dog and cat series to be shown in Ny and in London.

After Warhol's duration of drawing and painting cats and dogs, he soon started on artistic renditions for Campbell soup cans and his awesome concentrate on pop-culture as observed in his works centered around Marilyn Monroe. After his mother's death, Warhol became more distant through the public's eye. Warhol left his diaries behind which were later published in a book. Although say his entries are "mundane", those that study his art discover that they leave the historical past - a post-modern history much reflective of his beliefs, ties to, and a life committed to explorative arts.
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