ANDY WARHOL "PORTRAIT OF A BOY (SLEEPY)" DRAWING, c. 1950
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 established his name 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 the fashion commission were romantic and hopeful and unabashedly gay.
This drawing is a paradigm of Warhol's mastery of line and gentle whimsy. A man's profile commands the composition as he peers over his shoulder with a soft gaze. With the lightest touch, Warhol masterly portrays this male ideal with the details of his relaxed pose and timeless elegance. 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.
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Untitled "Portrait of a Boy (Sleepy)"
USA, Circa 1950
Blue ballpoint pen on manila paper
Stamped on verso by the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered TOP220.002.03
16.5"H 13.5"W (work)
23.75"H 20.75"W (framed)
Very good condition.
Provenance: The Estate of Andy Warhol
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