Here Lies the Heart (1957)
About this artwork
Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. ‘Here Lies the Heart’, published in 1960, is a memoir written by Mercedes De Acosta who was renowned for her lesbian affairs with members of the Hollywood elite. Striving for fame himself, Warhol was always intrigued by infamous characters such as De Acosta. With this design for the cover of her controversial autobiography, he has depicted a delicate hand using his blotted-line technique on vibrant orange paper. The calligraphy was almost certainly completed by Warhol’s mother, Julia, who moved to New York in 1952 and lived with her son until 1971. She regularly assisted with his illustrations, adding colour and calligraphy, and even signing his name.
- title: Here Lies the Heart
- accession number: AR00264
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink and graphite on paper
- date created: 1957
- measurements: overall: 307 mm x 215 mm
- 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.