Title: Camouflage FS II.413
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
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.
Andy Warhol created his eight print portfolio, Camouflage, before his untimely death in 1987. This portfolio featured the recognizable camouflage design with a Pop art twist. Warhol incorporated inorganic, bright colors to the organic shapes and forms seen within the abstract pattern. Camouflage, Yellow, the final and eighth print of the portfolio, demonstrates fluorescent oranges, alongside the complimentary yellows and blues. With his signature use of colors, Warhol transformed the subtle print the military relied on for concealment, into one of high vivacity and appeal.
Camouflage 413 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Initially, the concept of Camouflage was to recognize America’s military involvement in the Middle East and their war efforts; however, as his prints progressed, their significance further developed. For Warhol, Camouflage gave him an opportunity to work with an abstract pattern that was also immediately recognizable. As a result, he stressed the identifiable aspects of the print by incorporating obvious colors. The contemporary fashion industry embraced Warhol’s new version of camouflage, as they wanted to make bold statements with clothing.