Andy Warhol

Male Torso (1956)

About this artwork

This linear drawing can be seen as anticipating one of Warhol’s most famous designs for an album cover – 'Sticky Fingers' by The Rolling Stones. Warhol was both a big fan and friends with the British rock band and went on to create a series of prints for a portfolio of portraits of lead singer Mick Jagger. This drawing, like the album cover, is overtly suggestive. The fly of the model’s jeans appears to be open with his hand casually resting in his pocket.

see media
  • title: Male Torso
  • accession number: AR00269
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1956
  • measurements: 42.50 x 34.50 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.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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.