The inspiration for Andy Warhol’s Cow complete portfolio came from Ivan Karp, an instrumental art dealer in the 1960s. Karp once said to Warhol, “Why don’t you paint some cows, they’re so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts.” Gerard Malanga, one of Warhol’s printers and collaborators, was the one who chose the photograph of the cow. But ultimately, it was what Warhol did with this image that made the final product so interesting. He uses bold high contrast colors, which make the bovine animal a humorous and strangely exciting subject matter. Warhol printed the image on wallpaper.
Between 1966 and 1976, Warhol created the Cow complete portfolio with the color schemes: Pink Cow on Yellow Background (1966), Brown Cow with Blue Background (1971), Yellow Cow on Blue Background (1971) and finally Pink Cow on Purple Background (1976). The Cow complete portfolio includes FS II.11, FS II.11A, FS II.12 and FS II.12A. Revolver gallery is also in possession of a rare 1971 pink and green cow print, which was made during the last days of the Andy Warhol Exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 1971.