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Andy Warhol

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  • Standing Male Torso and Legs

Andy Warhol

(Pittsburgh, 1928 – New York, 1987)

Standing Male Torso and Legs, Circa 1955

Black ballpoint pen on manila paper
Signed in ink lower right Andy Warhol
Stamped on the back
- The Estate of Andy Warhol
- The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

and the handwritten number VF 205.054
42 x 34.9 cm

Provenance    :
- Estate of Andy Warhol, New York
- The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York
- Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York
- Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Literature  :
To be reproduced in The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné in preparation by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


Before becoming a major Pop-Art artist, Andy WARHOL produced several series of ballpoint and fountain pen drawings which revealed his great sensitivity as a designer. By the mid-fifties, the style of WARHOL was already very assertive and was characterized by the pure line and by the synthesis of the subject reduced to the essential. The details are eliminated, the line is clear and unrepentant. In these linear designs, WARHOL was inspired by both the technique and style of Matisse and Cocteau whom he admired.
Throughout his life, WARHOL was fascinated by the male body in his drawings, silkscreens and acrylics as well as his Polaroids and most of his cinematographic work. This attraction of the artist is particularly evident in his linear drawings from the mid-1950s, which focus on young men around him or male body anatomies. In 1956, WARHOL organized one of his first solo drawing exhibitions in New York at the Bodley Gallery, which he titled Drawings for a Boy Book. The drawings of this period present a delicacy and tenderness apart from the work

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