Christmas Tree

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  • Literature

    see Jesse Kornbluth, Pre-Pop Warhol, pp. 164-5

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Christmas Tree was used as the image for a Tiffany’s Christmas card, and as Andy Warhol’s invitation to his "Golden Pictures Show" at Bodley Gallery, New York, 1957. A special edition of the lithograph was signed and has ‘Merry Christmas’ in Warhol’s signature loopy handwriting on the inside, originally copied from his beloved mother's own hand.

  • Artist Bio

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

     

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Christmas Tree

1957
Offset lithograph Christmas card in gold and black, on wove paper, folded (as issued).
unfolded 12 7/8 x 19 3/8 in. (32.7 x 49.2 cm)
folded 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (32.7 x 25.1 cm)

Signed in black ink and inscribed 'Merry Christmas' on the inside, with the 'The Estate of Andy Warhol' and 'The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.' inkstamps on the reverse, framed.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

sold for $6,250

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New York Auction 25 October 2019