Andy Warhol Paintings


By the beginning of the 1960s, Warhol was a very successful commercial illustrator. His detailed and elegant drawings for I. Miller shoes were particularly popular. These illustrations consisted mainly of "blotted ink" drawings (or monoprints), a technique which he applied in much of his early art. Although many artists of this period worked in commercial art, most did so discreetly. Warhol was so successful, however, that his profile as an illustrator seemed to undermine his efforts to be taken seriously as an artist.
 
In the early 1960s, Warhol tried to exhibit some of his drawings using these techniques in a gallery, only to be turned down. He began to rethink the relationship between his commercial work and the rest of his art. Instead of treating these things as opposites, he merged them, and began to take commercial and popular culture more explicitly as his topic.
 
Pop Art was an experimental form that several artists were independently adopting; some of these pioneers, such as Roy Lichtenstein, would later become synonymous with the movement. Warhol, who would become famous as the "Pope of Pop", turned to this new style, where popular subjects could be part of the artist's palette. His early paintings show images taken from cartoons and advertisements, hand-painted with paint drips. Those drips emulated the style of successful abstract expressionists (such as Robert Rauschenberg). Eventually, Warhol pared his image vocabulary down to the icon itself—to brand names, celebrities, dollar signs—and removed all traces of the artist's "hand" in the production of his paintings.
 
To him, part of defining a niche was defining his subject matter. Cartoons were already being used by Lichtenstein, typography by Jasper Johns, and so on; Warhol wanted a distinguishing subject. His friends suggested he should paint the things he loved the most. In his signature way of taking things literally, for his first major exhibition he painted his famous cans of Campbell's Soup, which he claimed to have had for lunch for most of his life.
 

He loved celebrities, so he painted them as well. From these beginnings he developed his later style and subjects. Instead of working on a signature subject matter, as he started out to do, he worked more and more on a signature style, slowly eliminating the hand-made from the artistic process. Warhol frequently used silk-screening; his later drawings were traced from slide projections. Warhol went from being a painter to being a designer of paintings. At the height of his fame as a painter, Warhol had several assistants who produced his silk-screen multiples, following his directions to make different versions and variations.

 

Set of 3 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

Set of 3 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

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ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* UNDERGROUND VELVET & NICO RECORD AUTHENTICATED

ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* UNDERGROUND VELVET & NICO RECORD AUTHENTICATED

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Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Mickey Mouse" Litho Print (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Mickey Mouse" Litho Print (unframed)

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ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) (Feldman & Schellmann II.31)

ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) (Feldman & Schellmann II.31)

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Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Flowers" Lithograph Print  (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Flowers" Lithograph Print (unframed)

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Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I, 1968 Art Print Large Poster 24x36

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I, 1968 Art Print Large Poster 24x36

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Andy Warhol Fish screenprint on wallpaper 1983 COA to reverse cut from roll 1990

Andy Warhol Fish screenprint on wallpaper 1983 COA to reverse cut from roll 1990

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Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numberd Ltd Edition "Six Shoes" Litho Print (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numberd Ltd Edition "Six Shoes" Litho Print (unframed)

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Lithograph Andy Warhol, signed in print numbered authenticated lithograph

Lithograph Andy Warhol, signed in print numbered authenticated lithograph

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ANDY WARHOL GREETING CARDS RARE 10 CARDS

ANDY WARHOL GREETING CARDS RARE 10 CARDS

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Andy Warhol - Jacke Kennedy from Flash - November 22, 1963 - Signed Mint

Andy Warhol - Jacke Kennedy from Flash - November 22, 1963 - Signed Mint

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Andy warhol Shoes Print Fabric Wall Hanging

Andy warhol Shoes Print Fabric Wall Hanging

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Andy Warhol Kidrobot Campbells Soup Can Blind Sealed Can

Andy Warhol Kidrobot Campbells Soup Can Blind Sealed Can

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ANDY WARHOL | A la recherche du shoe perdu (F. & S. IV.69 - 73, 75 - 81, 83, 85)

ANDY WARHOL | A la recherche du shoe perdu (F. & S. IV.69 - 73, 75 - 81, 83, 85)

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ANDY WARHOL "LOVE IS A PINK CAKE" 10 OF ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS DONE BY ANDY AND HI

ANDY WARHOL "LOVE IS A PINK CAKE" 10 OF ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS DONE BY ANDY AND HI

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Andy Warhol "Mick Jagger 141" Signed by Warhol and Mick, Mint, Invest, #'d

Andy Warhol "Mick Jagger 141" Signed by Warhol and Mick, Mint, Invest, #'d

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SIGNED Andy Warhol Offset Lithograph LIZ 11.7 1964 American Pop Art Lot 220

SIGNED Andy Warhol Offset Lithograph LIZ 11.7 1964 American Pop Art Lot 220

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Andy Warhol "Pine Barrens Tree Frog" Signed, #'d, Mint, 1983, Endangered Species

Andy Warhol "Pine Barrens Tree Frog" Signed, #'d, Mint, 1983, Endangered Species

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Andy Warhol, Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) '85, signed mint authent ads

Andy Warhol, Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) '85, signed mint authent ads

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Andy Warhol Brillo Wooden Blocks Andy Mudpuppy   Warhol

Andy Warhol Brillo Wooden Blocks Andy Mudpuppy Warhol

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