Andy Warhol Resting Boy 1955–7

Artwork details

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
Resting Boy
Date 1955–7
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Image: 418 x 345 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
AR00272
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Warhol’s voyeuristic interest in the male body can be seen throughout his oeuvre, especially in films such as ‘Sleep’ of 1963 and in his stitched photographs of 1986. This fascination is first seen in his early line drawings of young men from the mid to late 1950s, of which many were included in his ‘Drawings for a Boy Book’ exhibition, at the Bodley Gallery in 1956. Here, Warhol depicts a young man with his eyes closed, apparently sleeping, which heightens the feeling of voyeurism. The style of Warhol’s boy drawings is similar to the work of Henri Matisse and Jean Cocteau, who both employed a reductive, linear drawing technique and whose work Warhol admired.

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