Andy Warhol, ‘Pine Barrens Tree Frog (FS II.294)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Pine Barrens Tree Frog (FS II.294)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Pine Barrens Tree Frog (FS II.294)’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

The Pine Barrens Tree Frog can only be found in three distinct areas in eastern United States. It was listed as endangered from 1977 and 1983. The tiny species of frog is magnified in Warhol’s print and characterized by bright primary colors, which pop out against the blue coloring of the tree branch.

Series: The Pine Barrens Tree Frog is one of ten in the Endangered Species series. In 1983 Warhol was commissioned by his friend and publisher Ron Feldman and his wife Freyda to create the series of 10 endangered species. Both Freyda and Ronald were celebrated political activists who were very active philanthropists. In 1983, they asked Warhol to create a portfolio of ten endangered species to raise environmental consciousness. Warhol fondly referred to this series as his “animals in makeup,” given the bold pop colors he uses to portray the animals as large than life.

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