Siberian Tiger 297 by Andy Warhol is one in a series of ten prints which make up the artist’s Endangered Species portfolio. The Siberian tiger is known to be the largest tiger and is found in several countries in Asia. Warhol’s Siberian Tiger print exemplifies the artist’s style greatly, with layers of contrasting colors behind detailed sketches that highlight the animal’s features. Other works in the series include Grevy’s Zebra, Giant Panda, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, and Bald Eagle.
Siberian Tiger 297 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
In 1983 Warhol was commissioned by his friend and publisher Ron Feldman and his wife Freyda to create this series. Both Freyda and Ronald were celebrated political activists who were very active philanthropists. In 1983, they asked Warhol to create a portfolio of endangered species to raise environmental consciousness. Warhol fondly referred to this series as his “animals in makeup,” given the bold pop colors he uses to portray the animals as large than life. Compiled in Vanishing Animals, Warhol depicts a collection of endangered animals, detailing the animals’ backgrounds and what kind of impact their extinction would have on the existence of humanity. Warhol’s Endangered Species full suite was printed in 1983 by Rupert Jasen Smith in New York. This portfolio of ten screenprints is printed on Lenox Museum Board, and all prints are signed and numbered in pencil. Included in this suite are: FS II.293 to FS II.302.