ANDY WARHOL "HERMIONE GINGOLD" DRAWING, 1953

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

It's no secret that Warhol was fascinated by fame, especially when possessed by beautiful and/or intriguing women. While many of his iconic portraits (like Marilyn and Elizabeth Taylor) were created at his Factory in the early 60's, Warhol had already immersed himself in portraiture and representations of famous women almost a decade earlier. 

This original, unique drawing is the earliest example of Warhol's that Caviar20 has ever carried. Completed in black and pink ink, this hand-drawn portrait depicts actress Hermione Gingold (1897-1987) with a rose clutched between her teeth.

Gingold was an English-American actress known for her eccentric, articulate characters defined by her distinctly deep voice. A star of stage and screen, Gingold fearlessly took on over-the-top roles in film, television, and stage. 

Throughout the 1950's as Warhol became more established in New York City he received numerous awards and accolades for his illustrations. 

"Portrait of Hermione Gingold" is one of the earliest examples of Warhol's female portraiture and an essential part of his artistic evolution. Tragically, despite being separated by decades in age, both stars passed away in 1987. 

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

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"Portrait of Hermione Gingold"

USA, 1953/4

Original black and pink ink on paper

Paper is cut to the edges of the image

It is stamped verso by the estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reverse "230.023".

17.9"H 14.4 W

Very good condition.

Provenance: The Estate of Andy Warhol

Note: This is a unique, original drawing by Andy Warhol. It is recorded in the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It will also be included in the future Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné that is currently being compiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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