ANDY WARHOL "MOUNTAIN BOY" DRAWING, 1955
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.
In recent years there has been new scholarship and increasing commercial interest in Andy Warhol early works, material created prior to Pop Art.
During the 1950's Warhol became established in New York City as a trendy illustrator contributing to a wide number of fashion publications and retailers. His simple line drawings were modern and gentle, with a subtle but unmistakably gay touch. In a short period of time, he created an aesthetic that was both versatile and distinctively his.
Like the consummate artist that he was, Warhol was frequently drawing. The images he created independently from fashion commission were romantic and hopeful and unabashedly gay.
This drawing is a paradigm of Warhol's mastery of line and visionary framing. A man's bowing profile commands the composition, which is surrounded by quick and ambiguous gestural lines. With the lightest touch, Warhol portrays this male ideal with the details of his tranquil pose, the softness of his closed eye, and the serenity of his aura. Another reminder that Warhol was an exceptional draftsman.
As the Warhol market continues to gallop to a stratosphere beyond, there are fewer and fewer examples of unique, original works in circulation.
Taschen, the legendary art book publisher, recently released the book Andy Warhol: Love, Sex and Desire 1950-1962 which celebrates his drawings of the male form and features this evocative work. This drawing appears on page 292.
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Untitled "Mountain Boy"
USA, circa 1950s
Black ballpoint pen on manila paper
Stamped on verso by the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reverse "200.040"
17"H 14"W (work)
15.75"H 12.75"W (visible)
22.25"H 19.5"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Very good condition.
Provenance: The Estate of Andy Warhol
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