Little Electric Chair (dark blue), 1964-1965
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
20″ x 31″
Walter and Ann Nathan, Chicago (acquired circa 1972)
There are a number of genuine Andy Warhol Little Electric Chairs, which are not included in the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, of which Little Electric Chair (dark blue) is one of them. The confusion lies in the acknowledged fact that a well-known Factory employee ran off a number of Little Electric Chair paintings without Warhol’s permission. These, of course, cannot be considered authentic. However, there was also a group of six Little Electric Chairs, screened under Warhol’s supervision, that left the Factory without his consent. Colors included: light blue, dark blue, red, lavender, silver, and salmon. Allegedly, an employee took them in a payment dispute, and then sold them in Chicago as a way to recover funds that he believed he was owed. Though this event happened so long ago that it would be hard to verify, the current owner of Little Electric Chair (dark blue) presented enough credible evidence to validate it.