Andy Warhol

Musical Notes and Sprite Faces (1953)

About this artwork

Warhol’s most famous work, from the early 1960s onwards, differs from his commercial illustrations in many respects. Yet there are similarities; specific aspects of his later work are anticipated in these early drawings. During the 1950s, alongside his blotted-line technique, Warhol began investigating different processes which he could incorporate into his work, such as marbled paper and gold leaf. This illustration is an example of the way he experimented with rubber stamps to create an identical, repeated image. This directly relates to the technique of screenprinting, which enabled Warhol to duplicate photographic images and motifs.

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  • title: Musical Notes and Sprite Faces
  • accession number: AR00246
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1953
  • measurements: 45.40 x 36.50 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.
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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.