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Hand Holding Glass with Daffodil
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Hand Holding Glass with Daffodil 1957

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This work shows the process behind Warhol’s blotted-line technique and is an example of what he referred to as his “Golden Pictures”. In 1956 he travelled the world and the art of the Far East undoubtedly influenced his interest in gold. His travelling companion commented that it was particularly Bangkok’s gold furniture, with painted black designs, that inspired him. Yet there are other possible influences - Warhol was raised in the Catholic Orthodox Church that used icons that featured gold backgrounds. Also, it is likely that he was aware of the gold paintings Robert Rauschenberg produced in 1953. Unlike his other gold pictures, here Warhol has applied the gold leaf over the printed drawing, which creates an abstract shape. What it represents is only revealed by the attached initial drawing.


  • Acc. No. AR00253
  • Medium Ink, gold leaf and graphite on paper
  • Size 46.00 x 55.90 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