These morbid works differ from his Pop Art pieces and are a part of trying to understand Warhol's catalogue of work.
Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949 with a degree in pictorial design. He then went to New York City to work as a commercial illustrator and later began painting towards the late 1950's. His work did not begin to be noticed until around 1962 when his "Campbell SoupaE prints and "Marilyn MonroeaE silk screens grabbed the interest of the art world.
However this period was a difficult time in Warhol's life. He was not yet a celebrity and he had just revealed to the world that he was a homosexual, while at the same time the effects of the Vietnam conflict were being felt across the country. These turbulent emotions can be seen in many of Warhol's paintings, but later served as a springboard for his "Death and DisasteraE series. In the early 1960s, capital punishment became an ever-increasing heated political issue. From his "Death and Disaster series, Warhol aimed to capture the feeling of an execution in his work the "Electric ChairaE. In the piece, an image of the actual electric chair at Sing Sing state prison in New York is used. The Sing Si