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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 79958
Saint Apollonia (brown, from portfolio of 4 prints), 1984

Screenprint
30 х 22 in. (76.2 x 55.88 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil, lower left
Edition 231/250
Foundry/Publisher Dr. Frank Braun, Dusseldorf, Germany; Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Lot description
Catholic icon, Saint Apollonia, by the ‘Pope of Pop’, Andy Warhol. Based on a 15th century Renaissance painting by Piero Della Francesca, Saint Apollonia holds a tooth within pincers in reference to her grisly martyrdom in the 3rd century AD. The Patron Saint of dentists and toothaches was an apt choice for Warhol, who was constantly plagued by physical ailments.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is widely credited as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter. In the early 1960s he began to create paintings based on advertising imagery. He established his own studio, The Factory, and developed his signature style, employing commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass-produced images on canvas. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
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Saint Apollonia (brown, from portfolio of 4 prints) by Andy Warhol
  • Saint Apollonia (brown, from portfolio of 4 prints) by Andy Warhol
  • Saint Apollonia (brown, from portfolio of 4 prints) by Andy Warhol
  • Saint Apollonia (brown, from portfolio of 4 prints) by Andy Warhol
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