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

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People 1960 - 1962
  • Artist Rooms
During the early 1960s Warhol began to experiment with ways to become recognised and be taken seriously as an artist in the world of fine art. The work he produced at this time is therefore experimental and displays some of the characteristics that would continue throughout his oeuvre, such as the use of appropriated imagery (often photographs found in a library). However, they, often lack the confidence and decisiveness of his Pop images which were to gain him that much desired recognition. In this work he has combined several drawings of figures with washes of contrasting colour, creating a vibrant, busy composition.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Oeuvre

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

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Wash

A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Composition, Oeuvre, Pop Art, Wash

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00283
  • Medium Graphite, dye and gouache on paper
  • Size 58.50 x 73.50 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