Andy Warhol’s work on paper Vesuvius (1985) was produced as part of the *Vesuvius Cycle*, a series of eighteen canvases depicting the eruption of the Neapolitan volcano Vesuvius. The series, which was to comprise a solo exhibition at the prestigious Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy, was in fact commissioned by Lucio Amelio, a prominent Neapolitan art dealer and close friend of the artist. Amelio sought to use the exhibition as a plea for art against the destruction of nature, following the havoc wreaked in the Naples region by the earthquake of November 1980. Disaster and devastation are common themes throughout Warhol’s oeuvre (sensationally interpreted in his Car Crash and Electric Chair series, for example); what separates this series is that the source of destruction is nature, and not the human hand.

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The Andy Warhol Foundation
Private Collection, Israel

No apparent condition issues.
Frame: 32.5 x 24.625 x 1 in (82.55 x 62.547 x 2.54 cm)

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Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) (American, 1928-1987) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement. He is particularly known for the breadth of his oeuvre, as it encompassed painting, hand drawing, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. Fascinated with celebrity culture and status, his silkscreens of pop icons and mundane objects, were particularly successful and cemented his place as a “celebrity” artist. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

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Vesuvius, 1985
Lot Number 21
Synthetic polymer on HMP paper
31.5 x 23.625 in (80.01 x 60.01 cm)
Andy Warhol Foundation and various museum labels affixed to verso

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  • Dimensions
    31.5 x 23.625 in (80.01 x 60.01 cm)