ANDY WARHOL "HEY GIRL" DRAWING, 1955
Who is this young woman with the fascinating hair and perfect lips?
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) had many muses; both real and imagined. In the 1950's 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. Warhol created drawings of clothes, accessories, and stylized beauties in a distinctively elegant but playful aesthetic.
During this era, Warhol received numerous awards and accolades for his illustrations - yet he found it difficult to surpass the designation of "commercial artist".
Until relatively recently, Warhol's early work, which primarily consists of drawings and lithographs, has been overshadowed by his work from the early 1960's. While Warhol's contribution to pop art, and its importance to art history, is indisputable, his early work is impressive, delightful and is finally getting the attention and scholarship it deserves. Hopefully future research will reveal who this young woman was...or why Warhol was commissioned to create her.
This is a lovely example of Warhol's early female portraiture and an essential part of his artistic evolution. 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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Untitled "Hey Girl"
USA, circa 1955
Original black ink on paper
Stamped verso by the estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reverse.
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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