Andy Warhol couldn't believe what he saw: “Pigs, pigs, pigs (…) everywhere. And art.“ His visit with Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth, the then-owner of the meat company Herta, in February 1980, left a deep impression on Warhol. And that wasn't all: He also made a portrait of Schweisfurth that will be now be sold at Ketterer Kunst in Munich in the auction of Post War/Contemporary Art on June 9.
Next to a great number of self portraits as well as portraits, including Jackie Kennedy, Mick Jagger and Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol executed the “Portrait of Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth“ in a typical Pop-Art manner.
In his diary Warhol wrote about the deep impression that Schweisfurth, his company and his art collection had left on him: “He owned the complete Picasso portfolio, to which I added the Picasso print of Paloma. We looked at it, then (…) even more pigs, more salami and more ham (…) - smoked and painted. We shot Polaroids for the portrait and had tea."
The work from a private German collection will be called up with an estimate of € 80.000-100.000. Initial interest has already been shown which comes from the Schweisfurth family.
In 1984 Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth sold the Herta meat factory and began to produce organic food on
a farmstead in Upper Bavaria. Today the 'Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten' is a model company for
species-appropriate breeding and sustainable farming.
For further information about the auction on June 9, please visit www.kettererkunst.com.