Andy Warhol

ANDY WARHOL "BIRD ON A FRUIT BRANCH", 1957

$4,000

Andy Warhol is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. In the 1950s, he was an in-demand and celebrated illustrator working for New York's toniest publications (like Harper's Bazaar) and elegant shops (such as Bonwit Teller) in addition to many smaller independent fashion companies.

Throughout the decade, Warhol received numerous awards and accolades for his illustrations - yet he found it difficult to surpass the designation of “commercial artist”. It wasn’t until the mid-1950s when Warhol completed a successful campaign for shoe retailer Miller & Sons, that he was finally granted widespread recognition for his renderings. 

“Bird on a Fruit Branch” is emblematic of Warhol’s work during the late 1950s when he established his reputation with delicate and whimsical drawings of clothes, accessories, and stylized beauties in a distinctively elegant but playful aesthetic. 

The work was included in Warhol's 1957 portfolio "A Gold Book" which featured 19 offset lithographs depicting a delightful range of his most cherished subject matter.

Serving as promotional material for his illustrations, the book was mailed out to art directors around Christmas time with the intention of earning commercial projects in the new year.  Although the book was not numbered/editioned, scholars, including museums such as the MoMA, estimate that 100 copies were created. Only 5 of the prints had hand-coloring. This single print is a rare find notable for its fine condition and incredibly vivid red bird. 

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“Bird on a Fruit Branch” 

USA, 1957

Offset lithograph with hand coloring in watercolor on cream laid paper

From an edition of 100

14.5”H 11”W (work)

22.25"H 18"W (framed)

Very good condition.

Provenance: Matthew Marks Gallery (New York City) 

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