Andy Warhol

Happy Butterfly Day

About this artwork

In ‘Happy Butterfly Day’ Warhol uses his blotted-line technique and shows an early interest in the repetition of a similar image – a characteristic which would define much of his later work. The vibrant colours were possibly added at one of Warhol’s colouring parties, hosted at the fashionable Serendipity 3 café after it opened in 1954. He would encourage his friends – some of whom would have helped him create the original illustrations - to colour the works with an inventiveness that adds to their whimsical nature. This process looks forward to the production methods of Warhol’s legendary studio, the Factory, in the 1960s.

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  • artist:
    Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • title:
    Happy Butterfly Day
  • date created:
    1955
  • materials:
    Ink, graphite and dye on paper
  • measurements:
    32.70 x 45.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00249
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol