America in the 1970s was becoming more liberal in many respects, with the parameters of what was considered ‘art’ being constantly redefined. Within this context Warhol experimented with more explicit photographs of the male body. Throughout his career he was interested in representing the male form, with his 1950s linear drawings for his ‘Boy Book’ an early example. In 1977 he began a series of predominantly male torso studies to which this work belongs. The composition usually focused on the area between the waist and the thighs. Warhol then developed these images into screenprints which he worked into by hand with vivid colours before printing a black image over the top. He liked to refer to these works as “landscapes”.