Foot with Flowers (1958)
About this artwork
Warhol was an excellent draughtsman and drawing was a constant part of his artistic practice. As a child he took classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and won awards for drawings he had made in high school. In this linear pen drawing, he shows a foot alongside a group of flowers. The casual composition creates the impression that this was perhaps an impromptu sketch, as with a similar work from this period, 'Foot with Cat'. He was renowned for his foot fetish, his commercial work dominated by popular shoe illustrations and in his personal drawings he enjoyed depicting feet.
- title: Foot with Flowers
- accession number: AR00258
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink on paper
- date created: 1958
- measurements: 43.00 x 35.10 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.