About this artwork
This work, one of many Warhol referred to as his “Golden Pictures”, shows the process behind his blotted-line technique. The image on the right is the initial drawing which Warhol would then have printed on to the gold leaf on the purple sheet of paper. In 1956 he travelled the world and the art of the Far East undoubtedly influenced his interest in gold. His travelling companion commented that it was particularly Bangkok’s gold furniture with black designs that inspired him. However, there are other possible influences. Warhol grew up in the Catholic Orthodox Church whose religious icons often featured gold backgrounds. Also, it’s likely that he knew of the gold paintings Robert Rauschenberg produced in 1953. With ‘Baboon’, Warhol’s garish colour combination anticipates his Pop images of the 1960s.
- title: Baboon
- accession number: AR00252
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink, gold leaf, graphite and gouache on paper
- date created: 1957
- measurements: 45.00 x 71.10 cm
- credit line: 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
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.