About this artwork
America in the 1970s was becoming more liberal in many respects, with the parameters of what was considered ‘art’ being constantly redefined. Within this context Warhol experimented with more explicit photographs of the male body. Throughout his career he was interested in representing the male form, with his 1950s linear drawings for his ‘Boy Book’ an early example. In 1977 he began a series of predominantly male torso studies to which this work belongs. The composition usually focused on the area between the waist and the thighs. Warhol then developed these images into screenprints which he worked into by hand with vivid colours before printing a black image over the top. He liked to refer to these works as “landscapes”.
- title: Torsos
- accession number: AR00425
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1977
- measurements: 149.90 x 100.30 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.