Andy Warhol
"The Summer Dancers" 1955

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Andy Warhol 1928–1987
"The Summer Dancers"
Date 1955
Medium Pen and ink, printed ink and Dr. Martin's Aniline Dye on paper ivory laid paper
Dimensions Support: 215 x 145 mm
frame: 525 x 393 x 38 mm
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Not on display

Online caption

Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. This work is for the novel ‘The Summer Dancers’ by Clyde Miller. Throughout the 1950s cupids, fairies and angels were a recurring motif in Warhol’s work. The style is also typical of the time, with his blotted-line technique combined with vibrant colours. The calligraphy was almost certainly completed by Warhol’s mother, Julia, who moved to New York in 1952 and lived with her son until 1971. Whilst there she regularly assisted with his illustrations, adding colour and calligraphy, and even signing his name.

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