Female Figures and Fashion Accessories
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Female Figures and Fashion Accessories 1960
  • Artist Rooms
The world of fashion had always fascinated Andy Warhol and it hugely influenced his work – from his early commercial illustrations in the 1950s of women’s shoes and handbags to his depictions of celebrities and models in his iconic screenprinted portraits. This work shows a variety of vibrant clothes and fashion accessories rendered in Warhol’s characteristic blotted-line technique. Annotations such as the one suggesting that the cardigan should be pink rather than grey imply that this is perhaps a draft design for a magazine spread. As the coloured inks were almost certainly added by a friend or assistant at one of Warhol’s famous colouring parties, this may explain the decision to alter the colour.

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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.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Blotted-Line Technique, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00285
  • Medium Ink, printed paper and dye on paper on board
  • Size 43.00 x 62.80 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