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Andy Warhol

(Pittsburgh, 1928 – New York, 1987)

Male Nude, circa 1956-1957

Blue ballpoint pen on paper
Stamped on the back 
- The Estate of Andy Warhol 
- The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 

Inscribed on the back VF 205.012 
42,5 x 35,5 cm


- Succession Andy Warhol, New York

- The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York

Literature :

- Andy Warhol Men, foreword by Alan Cumming, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, September 2004, reproduced in colour p. 131

- Will be reproduced in the The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


Before becoming the major artist of Pop-Art, Andy WARHOL realized several series of drawings with ballpoint pen or pen that revealed his great sensitivity of draftsman. In the mid-fifties, the style of WARHOL was already very strong and was characterized by the pure line and the synthesis of the subject reduced to the essential. The details are eliminated, the line is clear and without repentance. In these linear drawings, WARHOL was inspired by both the technique and style of Henri MATISSE and Jean COCTEAU he admired.

Throughout his life, WARHOL was fascinated by the male body in his drawings, silkscreens and acrylics as well as his Polaroid and most of his cinematographic work. This attraction of the artist is particularly evident in his linear drawings of the middle of the fifties which have for subjects young men of his entourage or anatomy of male body.

In 1956, WARHOL organized one of his first solo exhibitions of drawings in New York, at the Bodley Gallery, which he named Drawings for a Boy Book. The drawings of this period present a delicacy and tenderness apart in the work of the artist and are among his most personal and sensual works.

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