Andy Warhol, ‘Paratrooper Boots Positive by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Paratrooper Boots Positive by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Paratrooper Boots Positive by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Paratrooper Boots Positive by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Paratrooper Boots Positive by Andy Warhol’, 1985-1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Paratrooper Boots (Positive)
Medium: Synthetic Polymer and Silkscreen Ink on Canvas
Year: 1985/1986
Size: 20” x 16″
Details: Stamped by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., further stamped twice by the Estate of Andy Warhol along the overlap.

Andy Warhol created Paratrooper Boots (Positive) for his Ads illustration series in the mid-1980s. This bold and powerful painting portrays iconic Cold War imagery that Warhol recreated as a series of advertisements. Central to this painting is the imagery of a paratrooper’s boots, reflecting on themes of army readiness. While Andy was most notably known for his celebrity pop art portraits, Paratrooper Boots (Positive) is an example of Warhol’s political artworks, commenting on the commercialization of the awareness of an impending war. Paratrooper Boots (Positive) is a unique painting, and was once in the collection of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Signature: Stamp-signed by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Double stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol along the overlap.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York