Warhol & Stein

Nothing says iconic art like a screenprint by Andy Warhol. We discovered this example at Bond & Bowery, a great online resource for antiques and fine art, and thought this color-saturated Andy Warhol / Gertrude Stein screenprint is a fantastic find.

It's a very good piece, first of all. It helps that it’s a signed and numbered (187/200) Andy Warhol screenprint on Lenox Board, a version of a silkscreen lithograph.

It’s from a famous Warhol series consisting of ten portraits of notable Jews of the 20th Century. This one is of the famous ex-pat Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), an American writer who greatly impacted the development of contemporary art and literature.

In late November 2009, Andy Warhol breathed life into a soft art market by achieving a very solid price ($43.7 million!) for his silkscreen work entitled 200 One Dollar Bills. Andy would have been proud; when he was alive and his works were being offered at major auction houses, they weren’t always selling then and it would be a miserable time for him. He would take it personally. Now he continues to influence the world art market and is revered as an innovative, visionary artist.

The places to hang this Warhol are limited only by your imagination. It could hang anywhere. It's a piece that carries such a diverse appeal. If it were our Warhol, we'd hang it in a home library or den, living room, or any place where one would have time to contemplate the wonder of human achievement (a dining room, breakfast room, or even a kitchen would be a great way to add sizzle, color, and meaning to a wall space).

This piece comes from Bond and Bowery dealer Wells and Company from Binghamton, NY. It was done in an edition of only 200, so any homeowner interesting in purchasing this from us can be part of an elite group of collectors. Silkscreening, by the way, is a process where the same image is duplicated in different color palettes chosen by the person who executes the piece. Rupert Jansen Smith was Andy Warhol’s most prolific and trusted associate in this process.

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