Andy Warhol - Standing Man with Yo-Yo

Andy Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s provide a stark contrast to the Pop icon known for Soup Cans, Mickey Mouse, and Dollar Signs – they are whimsical, intimate, and – oftentimes – comical. When he moved to New York to become a commercial illustrator in 1949, it did not take long for Warhol to become known as an artist who could draw anything, and draw it well. Warhol’s breadth of skill led him to draw portraits of friends, cats, holiday greetings, shoes – the limitations were endless. Warhol’s oeuvre from the 1950s captures characteristics that he would carry throughout his career: his understanding of the line, capacity to fashion the extraordinary from the ordinary, and ability to create endless variations from a same central theme.