Title: Viewpoint (FS II.329)
Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper.
Size: 40″ x 30″
Edition: Edition of 21 signed in pencil lower right and numbered in pencil lower left.
Viewpoint 329 is a print featuring the image of a city building transposed with layers of color, giving a collage-like effect. The disjunction of the layered colors provides many possible interpretations. One may say that the different represent a break in chronology, each color being a different time in the day. Or the break in colors could signify a spatial break, that each column of color represents a different aspect of disparate buildings. Regardless of what Warhol intended, Viewpoint is a print that is uncharacteristically divided into vertical pieces, encouraging the viewer to view the image in four pieces, rather than as a continuous whole.
Viewpoint 329 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
While many of Warhol’s colorful prints are accented with color blocks that are applied uniformly or diagonally, Viewpoint differs. The colors are applied in columns, breaking up the image into four vertical sections. Another screenprint that is similar to this style of color blocking is Warhol’s screenprint of Jean Cocteau that was created around the same time. Rather than break up the image into vertical color blocks, Warhol applies horizontal lines of color. These two images are some of the only ones characterized by this type of color illustration by Warhol.