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Andy WarholHot Air Balloon 1958

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Artist
Andy Warhol (1928‑1987)
Title
Hot Air Balloon
Date 1958
MediumInk and dye on paper
Dimensionssupport: 467 x 362 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
AR00254
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Online caption

This illustration is typical of the work for which Warhol became renowned as a commercial artist in New York in the 1950s. It demonstrates his intuitive blotted-line technique combined with strong colours which bring the image to life. The 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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