Week 6 Artist – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an artist born in 1928 and died in 1987, who lived for 58 years. He was a strong influence in the visual art movement, also known as pop art. Andy Warhol had a wide variety of different paintings and photographs, ranging from common advertisements, brands, or products, to celebrities and famous characters. Some include the Campbell’s Soup can, Marilyn Monroe, and Mickey Mouse. Examples of Andy Warhol’s artwork pieces are shown below, including a self-portrait of himself.

Personally, I love Andy Warhol’s pop art, especially those depicted in Marilyn Monroe’s piece. The brightness and the variety of the colors in these pieces of artwork allow the viewer to enjoy and appreciate the different colors of the rainbow. The colors also add flavor, tone, and mood. There is an increased expression because of the emphasis and use of such bright colors.The artwork of Mickey Mouse shown below is also very adorable and I love the sketches.

An incident had a major impact on Andy Warhol’s later years in his life. When Andy Warhol was at the age of 39 turning 40, a feminist author named Valerie Solanas shot Warhol in his studio. She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and caused permanent, severe wounds on Andy Warhol. He was barely able to survive, and for the remaining years of his life, he had to wear a surgical corset. In his later years, as a result of his injury, he produced more portraits of other celebrity and political figures such as Diana Ross, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his family, John Lennon, and even Mao Zedong.

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