Camouflage (FS II.408) - Andy Warhol

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Title: Camouflage FS II.408
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1987
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition:  80, 3 PP, 1 EP, 84 individual TP not in portfolios, signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity.

Camouflage FS II.408

Camouflage FS II.408 is from the portfolio of eight prints that features variations of the pattern mixed in with Warhol’s signature use of bright colors. The Camouflage prints began rising in popularity as it held more significance with America’s continuing military involvement in the Middle East. He would vary the camouflage patterns and colors to give each print a unique and individual feel. This specific edition displays bright fluorescent pinks and hints of orange. Warhol’s color use greatly opposed the traditional use of camouflage, which is typically used to help disguise and blend in with the environment.

Camouflage FS II.408 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Warhol created this portfolio to revolve around America’s military involvement in war; however, he also created juxtaposition with his versions of camouflage designs. The bright color use greatly contrasted the origins of camouflage, which were meant to conceal. Warhol introduced the opposition of disguise and identity. With this idea, the new camouflage attracted opportunities from the fashion industry. Bold colored camouflage soon became popular as it helped women stand out in urban settings.

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