Six Handbags (1958)
About this artwork
After arriving in New York in 1949, Warhol quickly became established as one of the most sought-after commercial illustrators, working for magazines such as Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. His fashion illustrations and adverts are quirky and playful, utilising his blotted-line technique and vivid colours. With this work, however, Warhol has not used vibrant colours but has instead concentrated on capturing the different textures of the six handbags - such as fur in the foreground and a beaded one at the rear. The elaborate frame and outlines of the handbags were created using his blotted-line technique.
- title: Six Handbags
- accession number: AR00270
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1958
- measurements: 34.00 x 30.30 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.