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WARHOL, Andy

Vesuvius

Stock Code
102241
1985
£115,000

Showing Vesuvius erupting in a violent and dramatic explosion, Warhol saw Vesuvius for its fiery energy of past. Shown in a brilliant orange, Andy used schismatic lines to express its volcanic, radiating potential, streaking across a crimson atmosphere.

The American pop-art icon portrayed the volcano in the 'catastrophic' act of eruption, which is immortalized at different hours of the day, from dawn to sunset. Thanks to the various chromatisms, as the artist explained in an interview 'the volcanoes seemed to be painted just one minute after the eruption.' A range of visions and feelings that are also conveyed by the black and white photography, which are Warhol's favourite colours and those easiest to remember.
In Vesuvius, Warhol wrestles the infamous volcano into a visually arresting icon of Amelio's home city, dressing it up in the garish Pop aesthetic for which he made his name as an artist. Ostensibly, the work celebrates the

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Description

Screenprint in colours, 1985, on Arches 88 paper, from the edition of 57 unique trial proofs aside from the standard edition of 250, signed in pencil lower right, printed by Rupert Jansen Smith, NY, with his blindstamp., published by Fondazione Amelio, Naples, Italy., with the artist's copyright stamp and the publisher's stamp verso, with the collection stamp of Donald J. Christal, verso., 80 x 100cm (31½ by 39¼ inches), framed: 94.3 x 115cm.

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