Vanishing Animals
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Vanishing Animals 1986
  • Artist Rooms
Warhol produced a series of prints of animals to illustrate ‘Vanishing Animals’, a book by the German-born, American pathologist and geneticist, Kurt Benirschke. The book has fifteen chapters, each concentrating on one animal of a lesser-known species that was critically endangered. This poster features one of the prints – a female Douc Langur and its baby. He has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour, which, although screenprinted, appear like collaged fragments of coloured paper. In combining this with hand-drawn lines (also printed), the works appear more expressive than many of his earlier prints. This project (alongside his 1983 portfolio ‘Endangered Species’) shows Warhol’s awareness of and interest in environmental issues.

Glossary Open


An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Collage, Portfolio, Print, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. AR00407
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 61.00 x 45.50 cm (framed: 67.80 x 52.50 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008