A Field of Blue Children (1951 - 1952)
About this artwork
This early work was drawn using what was to become Warhol’s trademark technique for his commercial illustrations – the blotted-line. The manner in which Warhol has selected specific areas of the figures to colour and others to leave blank anticipates his screenprinted work of the 1960s. The process involved in screenprinting meant that Warhol had to plan in advance the colours he wanted for different sections. These areas were then printed with an abstract shape of colour, with the final image only coming together once the last layer of black detail was added.
- title: A Field of Blue Children
- accession number: AR00589
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink and dye on paper
- date created: 1951 - 1952
- measurements: 62.50 x 48.00 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.