Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
|Five Coke Bottles, 1962|
The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts
American artist Andy Warhol was the prominent figure of an art movement named Pop Art.
Pop Art started in the 1960s, introducing as its theme popular images from the life of ordinary Americans. Called Pope of Pop, Warhol became famous for his paintings of soup cans, dollar bills, hamburgers, and Coca-Cola bottles.
The art movement named Abstract
Expressionism, which preceded Pop Art, appealed to the subjective
feelings of a person was understandable only to an elite public. In
contrast, Pop Art returned figurative imaging, which was understandable
to everyone and spoke to the spectators’ mind.
Warhol believed that Pop Art reflected the democratic changes that had taken place in society. An example is this drawing of Coca-Cola bottles and Warhol’s comments about it:
great about this country is that America started the tradition where
the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the
poorest.... A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a