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Head with Red Gloves and Butterfly
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Head with Red Gloves and Butterfly 1959

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This illustration is typical of the work for which Warhol became renowned as a commercial artist in New York from the early 1950s. It demonstrates his intuitive blotted-line technique combined with the vibrant red of the gloves and golden butterfly, which bring the image to life. The coloured inks were possibly added at one of Warhol’s colouring parties, hosted at the fashionable Serendipity 3 café after its opening 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.


  • Acc. No. AR00275
  • Medium Ink and dye on paper
  • Size 40.30 x 31.50 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