Andy Warhol



Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. He not only defined Pop Art but had an unrivaled influence on artists and image-making. 

During the 1950s, Warhol established himself in New York City as a trendy illustrator, frequently contributing to a wide variety of fashion publications and retailers. Simultaneously, the artist maintained a personal practice independent from his fashion commissions, where he produced images that were romantic, hopeful, and unabashedly gay. 

Truman Capote, a prominent author and figure in the gay scene of New York's Upper East Side, served as a significant inspiration for Warhol during this formative period. The artist became preoccupied with Capote, sending him frequent postcards and even showing up at his home unannounced.

Although his attempts for recognition were ignored, Warhol's 1952 inaugural solo exhibition was inspired by the authored and titled “Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote," showcasing whimsical drawings of young men and butterflies. 

In the 1960s, the two would begin to frequent the same social circles, quickly becoming friends and collaborators. Capote became a muse to Warhol, appearing in a handful of portraits throughout the following decade. The portraits reinforced Capote's status as a cultural icon while also satisfying Warhol's fixation on fame, celebrity, and social status.

"Truman Capote" is an exemplary output from this important era of production. Completed on a large scale, the black and white screenprint is anchored by Capote's distinctive features and piercing, wide gaze. 

As the Warhol market continues to gallop to a stratosphere beyond, there are fewer and fewer examples of unique, original screenprints in circulation. 

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‚ÄúTruman Capote‚ÄĚ

USA, 1979

Unique screenprint on off-white laid paper

50"H 41.25"W (work)

53"H  45"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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