Andy Warhol



Andy Warhol is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. In the 1950s, he was an in-demand and celebrated illustrator working for New York's toniest publications (like Harper's Bazaar) and elegant shops (such as Bonwit Teller), in addition to many smaller independent fashion companies. He was renowned for his decidedly modern aesthetic that was gently glamorous, playful and optimistic. 

This untitled illustration is evocative of Warhol's excellent draftsmanship as well as simultaneously capturing New York City's modernist fashion aesthetic. As the city became the world's most powerful and influential metropolis, numerous cultural elements (like art and fashion) similarly followed with growth and innovation. 

Women's fashion in the 1950's was all about the silhouette. Influenced by Christian Dior's New Look from 1947, American style would gradually adopt, assimilate or mutate the French designer's aesthetic. In this drawing, we can only wonder whether it was from Warhol's imagination, memory or based on an actual model/garment.  With the lightest touch, Warhol renders his subject with minimal detail, expertly capturing the grace and elegance of outwear. Typical of high style of the era the coat has a structured collar, a softened shoulderline and generous sleeves. 

Click here to see another example of Andy Warhol's vision of modernist fashion. 

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Untitled "Famous Raincoat"

USA, circa 1955

Black ballpoint pen on manilla paper

Stamped on verso by the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reverse, TOP221.018_16/31

17"H 13.75"W (work)

Very good condition.

Provenance: The Estate of Andy Warhol

Detailed condition report by request.

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