Warhol’s Camouflage 410 is part of his Camouflage portfolio of 8 screenprints features variations of the camouflage pattern with great use of a variety of bright, fluorescent colors. Warhol chose to work with this design because it was an abstract pattern that was also immediately recognizable. With the rising popularity of this print, Warhol was able to address its growing significance with America’s continuing military involvement in the Middle East. However, he took a different approach in producing camouflage patterns, which are typically used for disguise, by transforming them with eye-catching colors. This Camouflage print uses pink, orange, and purples, rather than the traditional green hues seen on military outfits.
Camouflage 410 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Andy Warhol created the Camouflage portfolio to revolve around America’s military involvement in war; however, he also created juxtaposition with his variations of the camouflage designs. The use of vibrant colors greatly contrasts 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.