Title: Shadows IV (FS II.222)
Medium: Screenprint with diamond dust on Arches 88 paper
Size: 43” x 30 1/2”
Edition: Edition of 10. Signed and numbered in pencil on verso
Shadows 222 touches upon the introspective nature of the pop artist. It is said that his series of shadows paintings were different screen prints of the same shadowy photograph and were painted with a mop. This work reveals a similarity to abstract expressionism as Warhol’s lack of precision and detail in this print creates an insightful perspective of looking at the work. Although the blue and pink seem to create a simple piece, the overall unity of all the Shadow pieces creates much more complexity and visual splendor.
Shadows 222 As A part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
The Shadows series was created in the last decade of Warhol’s life and lend well to the artist’s interests and strengths. Warhol was very interested in repetition in his series, but also aimed to maintain a sense of uniqueness to each piece. This is seen in his Shadow series as each print has similar compositional aspects, yet all have different colors and/or patterns that make each unique and special.