Here Warhol has drawn two red dogs, exactly alike except for their obvious difference in size, causing the dogs to remark – ‘You are so little’ and ‘and you are so big’. Before his illustrious career as one of the biggest names in Pop Art, Andy Warhol had a successful career as an illustrator, a practice he continued throughout his life. After moving to New York, Warhol would make books of his illustrations and send them to editors and publishers, in the hope of gaining new commissions. He made more than 100 of these books, and added personal touches to each recipient, so that they felt more like gifts than portfolios.
You Are So Little And You Are So Big
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Original: ANDY WARHOL You Are So Little And You Are So Big, c. 1958 Ink and Dr. Martin’s Aniline Dye on ivory paper, 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.