In 1979, Andy revisits his own icons: Marilyn, Campbell's, dollar, flowers, self-portraits. In this new phase, he does not change the reference images which had pushed his earlier fame and keeps the idea of multiples but the technique is now different.
From his former Death and Disaster series, Andy selected the electric chair. The painting made in 1980 for Bischofberger is estimated £ 4M for sale by Bonhams in London on February 11, lot 49.
This artwork 203 x 82 cm is not very large but its composition gives it a striking and monumental effect that may have been ignored by his admirers at that time.
From the image of the chair, Warhol takes the symbol of the object itself without surrounding it any more with the gloomy empty room. The work is a reversal, meaning that it is painted on a black background.
This very vertical format is composed of two non-centered columns, each one consisting of seven serigraphed pictures of the chair, like a double piece of film, with a slow progression of colors executed with a gloss palette in a very thick paste.
Observed from below, it is the most magnificent and the most terrifying among the many electric chairs designed by Warhol to forward his humanistic message. I invite you to watch the video shared by the auction house.