Artist. Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He often changed his date of birth to « add mystery » but most people believe that he was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. {Andy Warhol Pop art painter, Susan Goldman Rubin} His art reflected the rapidly changing American culture. When he was young, he was obsessed with fame, glamour, Hollywood stars, movies and painting. As he grew older, he transformed his obsessions into art and started his career as a commercial illustrator. He wanted to be rich and famous like the celebrities of his childhood but he knew that nobody got famous while being a commercial illustrator. Since he was so talented, he decided to be a “serious” artist. He then used his background as a commercial artist to blur the line between commercial art and fine art like the one done by famous European painters like Monet, Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh or Edgar Degas. His first very famous drawing was of a Campbell Soup Can. That was the beginning of Warhol’s fame, which just grew over the years. He represented “American” things. He used everyday life objects and images of famous people as the subjects for his work, often repeating them many times in one painting or print on a huge canvas with the silk screening method. He also changed their sizes and put new,flashy colors or repeated the same design over and over again. He represented all that was happening around him at that time. He also had a period where he showed horrible car crashes and other disasters but he mostly stuck with celebrities, household objects and other common «American »things . He was the most influential leader of the American art movement known as “pop” for popular art and made a status for the USA in the art world.

Andy Warhol was a very unique person. Nobody ever knew if he really was an art genius or if he tricked us all into thinking that he was one. He was considered like the “Prince of Pop” and very much admired around the world. But that didn’t mean that he didn’t have a few enemies too. He once said “I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” People thought he was ridiculous and out of his mind. One of the reasons why people didn’t approve of him was that they thought that his art wasn’t art at all. It is true that his way of making art was different than what people were used to see. He didn’t try to paint beautifully, he just wanted to show America as it really was. Some Americans were ashamed of having such a bad artist gradually rise to fame.

Other people criticized his work, saying that it was just a couple of pictures from which he had changed the colors and multiplied a couple time on canvas. They said that anybody could do the same if they tried. And that’s true. But he was the first one to make that new “pop art” so famous. Another guy had painted pictures like Warhol’s before him: Richard Hamilton is considered like the first painter of pop art but Andy Warhol was one of the most important and influential person in its history.

Thanks to all the media available, the American public could see a lot of horrible images. Warhol had a period of his life where he represented horrible things himself. He created morbid scenes known as “Death and Disaster” They represented images of race riots, suicide, fatal accident scenes and instruments of death including electric chairs, guns and atomic bomb blasts. The best known paintings are most likely the series of “car crashes”. The paintings were basically pictures printed over and over with alternate sizes and colors. Andy’s eccentric behavior was also criticized by the public. He had become an icon of the psychedelic generation; he held famous gatherings in "The Factory," his crazy Manhattan studio, and surrounded himself with a court of artists, helpers, friends and adoring fans. He also made strange and lengthy experimental movies, his unique...
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