Uniqueness for a creative person is a prerequisite for him or her to succeed. Millions of artists have been trying for years to form their own special style, but only a few succeed. One of such legendary people in the history of art will forever remain the “father” of pop art – Andy Warhol. However, he was not someone who was specifically looking for a way to stand out from his competitors.
Warhol was unique naturally, harmoniously and in everything: his creativity, talent, religious faith and ambitions. As soon as the world saw the first works of the artist, it became clear: this personality would expand the boundaries of the culture that existed before him. His creative courage, experimentalism and “non-banal banality” helped him to become the most expensive painter from America in the history of art.
Interesting facts about Andy Warhol that confirm his uniqueness
A special person is special in everything. This is a description of what Andy Warhol was like. You can make a movie about his life: partly comedy, partly tragic, partly fantastic. Many people cannot believe that the life of one person could be so full of interesting facts and events, but this is exactly the uniqueness of the “father” of pop art.
Andy was the only creative person in the family
Warhol was born in an ordinary poor immigrant family. His father worked in a construction company and his mother was a housewife. There were no artists or illustrators in the family, except for Andy himself. At the same time, childhood had a great influence on the formation of the future genius. Due to the fact that his parents did not have much money, the usual meal for lunch was semi-finished products, including Campbells Soup. Later, it was a series of works depicting this soup that brought the artist considerable success.
Collection of wigs
The “father” of pop art had a special hobby – collecting wigs, of which he had more than 40. Every day he wore his special “headdress”, and for parties he chose a gray wig. It complemented the image of “careless genius”, as the author himself called it, because Andy came to important meetings in an expensive suit, specially doused with paint.
The theme of death in Warhol’s paintings
Among the most famous and most expensive paintings by Warhol there are many works devoted to the theme of death. Among them, for example, Silver Car Crash, Electric Chair, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (this painting was sold for 195 million dollars). Biographers suggest that the choice of such themes of paintings is associated with childhood trauma. When the boy was 14 years old, his father died of tuberculosis, and the body was brought home from the hospital. Andy was very scared and did not even approach his father’s body. Perhaps this moment was a turning point for the choice of unusual subjects of paintings.
These three facts are enough to understand how full of unusual events was the life of one of the co-founders of pop art. He was a unique person with a unique history of creativity, personal development and artistic heritage.