Andy Warhol

The Beatles (1980)

About this artwork

In 1980, a book called ‘The Beatles’ was published about the British pop group. Warhol designed the front cover which is based on a photograph by the celebrity photographer Dezo Hoffmann. Warhol has incorporated blocks of irregularly shaped colour, which, although screenprinted, appear like collaged fragments of coloured paper. The hand-drawn lines have also been printed. The vibrant, contrasting colours are characteristic of Warhol's work and evoke similarities with psychedelic album covers that The Beatles produced in the 1960s. Warhol is, however, more associated with The Rolling Stones than The Beatles, preferring their ‘bad-boy’ image to The Beatles' ‘squeaky clean’ look.

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  • title: The Beatles
  • accession number: AR00409
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Screenprint on paper
  • date created: 1980
  • measurements: 31.30 x 91.50 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.