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. 

In the mid-1950s after a very successful campaign for shoe retailer Miller & Sons, Warhol became synonymous with shoes. Although he had a parallel art practice, it was difficult to surpass the designation of ‚Äúcommercial artist‚ÄĚ.¬†¬†

This untitled illustration is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Warhol's commercial practice and signature aesthetic of the era. Here, the artist renders a lighthearted summer scene featuring an abundant fruit platter, lemonade, and a fluttering butterfly.

Curiously, the reverse of the page contains a rendering of a man reaching toward an outstretched hand in an embrace. The drawing is evocative of Warhol's personal art practice at the time which was romantic, hopeful, and unabashedly gay.

This piece captures a rare moment when Warhol's distinct worlds collide, offering a unique juxtaposition that reignites the conversation surrounding the intersection of art and commerce.

Works like this exude vitality, offering a glimpse into the artist's thought process and intentions while serving as a relic from the depths studio. It's a rather humanizing perspective for a figure whose larger-than-life persona can feel out of reach at the best of times.

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Untitled "Summer Still Life"

USA, circa 1955

Ink and tempera on paper, double-sided

Estate number: AR 413.021

12"H 10"W (work)

Detailed condition report by request.

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