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Andy Warhol Sitting Bull A70 hanging on the wall.
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Warhol Sitting Bull 376 Wall Display

Sitting Bull A70

Catalogue Title: Sitting Bull (FS IIIA.70)

Year: 1986

Size: 36 x 36″ (91.4 x 91.4 cm)

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

Edition: 36 TP of each print signed and numbered in pencil as follows: War Bonnet Indian, Action Picture-lower left; Buffalo Nickel, Sitting Bull-lower right. Each print is unique.


Sitting Bull is part of Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series. The print is based on an archival photo of the Sioux Chief. His stoic pose and placid facial expression makes it seem that he is posing for a photograph, rather than an image of him in action hunting or in combat. The vivid coloring of Sitting Bull’s face and the light highlights that outline his shape give the traditional subject a modern twist.

Sitting Bull A70 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work

Warhol returns to portraiture in this homage to the hero of the Battle of Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull. Originally conceived as part of the portfolio, Cowboys and Indians, the first series to combine images of people and objects, Sitting Bull was not included in the last minute and replaced with another subject. The choice of Sitting Bull as a subject for the series is bold, as the image is rivaled with that of General Custer. General Custer was one of the leaders of the south during the Civil War, and he was notably met by Sitting Bull in an armed battle for Native American territory. Custer was ultimately unsuccessful, and the battle is also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”


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