Young Man with Heart (1954)
About this artwork
Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body can be seen throughout his oeuvre - including films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 and his stitched photographs from 1986. This drawing of a young man is an example of Warhol’s blotted-line technique which he used extensively at this time in his career as a commercial illustrator. However, this drawing is almost certainly not a commission and instead shows his personal interest in depicting young men. ‘Young Man with Heart’ retains the whimsical quality of his commercial work with the figure in profile looking heavenwards, perhaps dreaming, a small love heart balancing on his finger.
- title: Young Man with Heart
- accession number: AR00260
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1954
- measurements: 49.50 x 35.50 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.