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Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Created at the Factory, Andy Warhol's studio, during an intense three-month collaboration in the spring of 1976, Jamie Wyeth's portrait drawing of Andy Warhol is not conventionally flattering. Wyeth accentuates the older artist's blemished skin, rumpled clothing, and protruding belly, compressing his slim frame into the lower center of the composition. He used "palette, brush, fingers, everything—and a lot of white paint"—evident in the subject's hair and skin tones. Working side by side with Warhol, Wyeth absorbed his idiosyncracies, producing many brutally honest images of him. But as Warhol told one critic. "I wasn't concerned about how he would paint me. . . . I love his work."

Warhol and Wyeth found their collaboration mutually satisfying, and they were friends until Warhol's death. Wyeth reveled in his freedom: "The great thing about painting another artist is that he doesn't dictate to you to take off a pound or two here [around the chin] to flatter him."

Jamie Wyeth (born 1946)
Gouache, watercolor, and graphite on illustration board, 1976
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
gift of Coe Kerr Gallery
© Jamie Wyeth
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