Hand Holding Glass with Daffodil (1957)
About this artwork
This work shows the process behind Warhol’s blotted-line technique and is an example of what he referred to as his “Golden Pictures”. 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 painted black designs, that inspired him. Yet there are other possible influences - Warhol was raised in the Catholic Orthodox Church that used icons that featured gold backgrounds. Also, it is likely that he was aware of the gold paintings Robert Rauschenberg produced in 1953. Unlike his other gold pictures, here Warhol has applied the gold leaf over the printed drawing, which creates an abstract shape. What it represents is only revealed by the attached initial drawing.
- title: Hand Holding Glass with Daffodil
- accession number: AR00253
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink, gold leaf and graphite on paper
- date created: 1957
- measurements: 46.00 x 55.90 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.