Andy Warhol’s Big Electric Chair is a significant artwork that depicts an electric chair in an empty room with leather straps and buckles. The painting was first created in 1964 as a silkscreen painting, measuring 53 3/4 × 73 1/4 in | 136.5 × 186.1 cm, and made of silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
The painting is part of a series of works by Warhol on the controversial theme of death by electrocution which he named the Disaster Series. The inspiration for the series was the newspaper image of Ruth Snyder being put to death for murdering her husband; Warhol used this image and other similar ones from newspapers to create his artworks.
Warhol’s famous imagery of the electric chair has become an iconic representation of American cultural motifs throughout the years. The painting is currently part of the Edlis Neeson Collection showcased at The Broad Los Angeles where it continues to inspire thought-provoking discussions about humanity’s relationship with life, death, justice, and morality.