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Andy WarholHappy Butterfly Day 1955

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Artist
Andy Warhol (1928‑1987)
Title
Happy Butterfly Day
Date 1955
MediumInk, graphite and dye on paper
Dimensionssupport: 327 x 455 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00249
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Online caption

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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