Signed on the left side, in plate, Andy Warhol; Numbered on the back
The motif of the cow embodies perfectly the strategy of Pop art, namely the repeated use of everyday elements in order to estrange the viewer from them. It was first used by Andy Warhol in a series of wallpapers in the1960s.
Warhol stated that he drew his inspiration from art dealer Ivan Karp: "Another time he said, 'Why don't you paint some cows, they're so wonderfully pastoral and such a durable image in the history of the arts.' (Ivan talked like this.) I don't know how 'pastoral' he expected me to make them, but when he saw the huge cow heads - bright pink on a bright yellow background - that I was going to have made into rolls of wallpaper, he was shocked. But after a moment he exploded with: 'They're super-pastoral! They're ridiculous! They're blazingly bright and vulgar!' I mean, he loved those cows and for my next show we papered all the walls in the gallery with them."