Young Man with Heart
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Young Man with Heart 1954
  • Artist Rooms
Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body can be seen throughout his oeuvre - including films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 and his stitched photographs from 1986. This drawing of a young man is an example of Warhol’s blotted-line technique which he used extensively at this time in his career as a commercial illustrator. However, this drawing is almost certainly not a commission and instead shows his personal interest in depicting young men. ‘Young Man with Heart’ retains the whimsical quality of his commercial work with the figure in profile looking heavenwards, perhaps dreaming, a small love heart balancing on his finger.

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Blotted-Line Technique

Andy Warhol first experimented with this form of print-making whilst a student and it would later characterise his commercial work of the 1950s. With two sheets of paper hinged together, a pencil drawing is made on one sheet which is subsequently traced over with ink. Whilst the ink is still wet the sheets of paper are pressed together, thus transferring the line. The result is a broken, yet apparently intuitive, line drawing.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.


Sexual pleasure gained from secretly watching other people naked or in sexual situations.

Blotted-Line Technique, Commission, Oeuvre, Voyeurism


  • Acc. No. AR00260
  • Medium Ink, gold paint and dye on paper
  • Size 49.50 x 35.50 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008