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September 8, 2012

Pop Art Portraits: 12 Most Famous Celebrity Paintings by Andy Warhol

By the beginning of the 1960s, Andy Warhol had become a very successful commercial illustrator. His detailed and elegant drawings for I. Miller shoes were particularly popular. They consisted mainly of “blotted ink” drawings (or monoprints), a technique which he applied in much of his early art. Although many artists of this period worked in commercial art, most did so discreetly. Warhol was so successful, however, that his profile as an illustrator seemed to undermine his efforts to be taken seriously as an artist.

He loved celebrities, so he painted them as well. From these beginnings he developed his later style and subjects. Instead of working on a signature subject matter, as he started out to do, he worked more and more on a signature style, slowly eliminating the handmade from the artistic process. Warhol frequently used silk-screening; his later drawings were traced from slide projections. At the height of his fame as a painter, Warhol had several assistants who produced his silk-screen multiples, following his directions to make different versions and variations.

1. Marilyn Monroe

2. The American Indian (Russell Means)

3. Queen Elizabeth II

4. Ingrid Bergman

5. Beethoven

6. Mao

7. Muhammad Ali

8. Jackie Kennedy

9. Elizabeth Taylor

10. Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland

11. Karen Kain

12. Jane Fonda

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