Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) is certainly the predominant figure in the Pop Art movement. His first works of the 1940s are defined by the technique of the "blotted line", which involved tracing a drawing on an almost impermeable sheet of paper, applying it still wet onto other sheets that became "originals". The resulting graphic mark is brittle and fragmented, radically transforming the concept of original. He would then often let his friends colour the sheets. The reproducibility of his works, already highlighted by the technique of the "blotted line", was carried to extreme consequences, through the technique of screen printing. He used images from advertising and the media, faces taken from show business and which were repeated continuously. They are images in which everyone can identify with, that are common to all. He made films based again on the characteristic of sequence. He created the Factory, which became a real industry that produced his works. He began to focus more intensely on graphics, where his intervention became increasingly evident, to the extent that in his last works he became very attentive to formal qualities, observing ancient paintings which he revisited through quotes and tributes.
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