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Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.

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SUBWAY DRAWING . White chalk on wall paper .
Located in CANNES, FR
" Subway drawing " By Keith Haring is a white Chalk on wall paper from New York Billboard . 105x70cm . Framed in box . 1980's . Vintage Work . provenance: - collection John Anders...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk

Pygmalion Effect XIV
Located in Chicago, IL
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Almudena Rodriguez rearranges these disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by original con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Thread, Ink, Acrylic, Watercolor, Handmade Paper

It Take’s Two
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Guillaume Azoulay (1949) Title: It Take’s Two Year: 2017 Edition: 1 Medium: Mixed Media (Silkscreen & Silver Leaf) on Archival Paper Size: 27.75 x 35 inches Condition: Excell...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Silver

“Neverending” Realistic Figurative Pop Culture Watercolor Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Warm toned realistic watercolor rendering by Houston, Texas artist Scott Burns referencing pop culture elements from The Neverending Story (1984), The Evil Dead (1981), and The Note...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

“Fold Space from Hazard” Red and Blue Realistic Pop Culture Watercolor Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Red and blue toned realistic watercolor rendering by Houston, Texas artist Scott Burns referencing pop culture elements from The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985) and Dune (1984). Framed ...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

“The Key to the Kingdom” Realistic Pop Culture Watercolor Portrait Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Warm toned realistic watercolor rendering by Houston, Texas artist Scott Burns referencing pop culture elements from Kill Bill (2003), Raiders of the Lost Ark (19781), and It (1990)...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

“Sanctuary” Blue Toned Realistic Pop Culture Watercolor Landscape Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Cool toned realistic watercolor rendering by Houston, Texas artist Scott Burns referencing elements from The Shining (1977), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Superman's...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Untitled (Subway Drawing)
Located in New York, NY
Ca. 1980 White chalk on black paper Image/sheet: 34 3/5 x 27 2/5 in. Unsigned
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Chalk

Pygmalion Effect IX
Located in Chicago, IL
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Almudena Rodriguez rearranges these disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by original con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Thread, Ink, Acrylic, Watercolor, Handmade Paper

CAPTAIN FUN (ORIGINAL DRAWING)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original drawing on paper. Hand signed, titled and dated on verso by the artist. Artwork size: 22.5 x 28.75 inches. Frame size: 29.25 x 35 inches. Artwork in excellent condition. ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Color Pencil, Paper

Tough Torso
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. He not only defined Pop Art, but had unrivalled influence on artists and image-making. I...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ballpoint Pen

Hockey Knights in Canada, Goalie
Located in Toronto, Ontario
In the early 1980's Charles Pachter approached the chairman of the TTC to do a Hockey-themed mural at the College Street subway station. It was a fitting idea as the station is just ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Hockey Knights in Canada, C.
Located in Toronto, Ontario
In the early 1980's Charles Pachter approached the chairman of the TTC to do a Hockey-themed mural at the College Street subway station. It was a fitting idea as the station is just ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book
Located in London, GB
David Hockney Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book, 1980 signed, dated and numbered 107/1000 in pencil, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, with their blin...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Lithograph

Native American Pop Art "Snake Priest - Hopi" Original Watercolor by D. Collins
Located in San Francisco, CA
Native American Pop Art "Snake Priest - Hopi" Original Watercolor by D. Collins C.1971 Outstanding original Pop Art style watercolor by D. Collins Watercolor dimensions 20" wide x ...
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Mid-20th Century Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Shoe
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Ink and gouache on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Vi...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

Shoes
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Ink and graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the V...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite, Paper, Ink

Male Portrait
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Ink on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. F...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Paper

Shoe
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
This work is double-sided. Ink and gold flake on paper. Unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foun...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Gold

Bodybuilder
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on colored paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts issued by Christie’s. Stamped on the v...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Bodybuilder
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on colored paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the V...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Rats & Star Band Member
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ar...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Perfume Bottles
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ar...
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1970s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite, Paper

Dia Art Foundation Poster
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Ink on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. F...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Cosmos
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Synthetic polymer on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Synthetic, Paper, Polymer

Rats & Star Band Member
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ar...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Rats & Star Band Member
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ar...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Male Portrait
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Synthetic polymer on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Polymer, Paper

Area
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Synthetic polymer on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Polymer

Male Portrait
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Black ballpoint pen on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for th...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ballpoint Pen, Paper

Winter Olympics
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Rats & Star Band Member
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Ar...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

$15
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Black ink marker on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the V...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Permanent Marker

70
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Synthetic polymer on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Polymer

Martha Graham
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
This is a unique work. Graphite on Paper. Work comes with an authentication letter from the Andy Warhol Authentication Board, Inc. Stamped on verso by the Andy Warhol Art Authenticat...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Andy Warhol, Graphite Work on Paper of Ted Turner, 1986
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Ted Turner, American media proprietor, producer and philanthropist, founded the first 24-hour cable news network, started his career in advertising before moving into broadcasting. T...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Aretha Franklin
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on HMP Paper. Provenance: The Estate of The Artists; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Thaddeus Ropac; Private Collection NYC. Image rights: The purchaser is a...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Liza Minnelli
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Graphite on HMP Paper. Provenance: The Estate of The Artists; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Thaddeus Ropac; Private Collection NYC. Image rights: The purchaser is a...
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1970s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite, Paper

Young Man
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Blue ballpoint pen on paper. This work is unique. Work comes with a Certificate of Provenance. Stamped on the verso by the Estate of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ballpoint Pen

Murex, black and white pop art pastel, semi-abstract silhouette, 1996
By Idelle Weber
Located in New York, NY
Enlarged, abstracted, and decontextualized, Weber transforms a delicate seashell into a sublime icon. The black silhouette of the shell is a callback to her Pop period, though soften...
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1990s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pastel

UMBRELLA MAN WITH HORIZON
Located in Aventura, FL
Original mixed media and watercolor on paper. Hand signed on front by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers wi...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Mixed Media, Watercolor

Pygmalion Effect VI
Located in Chicago, IL
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Almudena Rodriguez rearranges these disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by original con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Thread, Ink, Acrylic, Watercolor, Handmade Paper

Richard Hambleton Drawings: set of 3, hand-signed (Richard Hambleton Shadowman)
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Richard Hambleton: Set of 3 individual hand-signed drawings, 2016. Framed. Medium: Black Marker on found book pages. Individual Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.5 inches (applies to each indivi...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Permanent Marker

Still Life with Windmill
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Roy Lichtenstein Still Life with Windmill, 1973 Colored pencil on paper 5 x 8 ¾ inches (12.7 x 22.2 cm) NB: The work is included in the Roy Lichtenstein catalogue raisonné. Provena...
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1970s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Pastel Pop art portrait of Andy Warhol in blues and pink, with black outline.
Located in Southport, CT
Pastel Pop art portrait of Andy Warhol in blues and pink, with charcoal black outline on white paper. Rick King is an American portrait artist working at a very high quality. He is ...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel

Ship at Sea with Sunset
Located in Missouri, MO
Peter Max "Ship at Sea with Sunset" 1989 Original Pastel/Watercolor/Pen & Ink Signed and Dated Lower Left Provenance and Certificate of Authenticity from San Francisco Art Exchange, ...
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1980s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Pen

Off to Town
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. He not only defined Pop Art, but has continued unrivalled influence on artists and image-m...
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1950s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Mo18-Contemporary, Abstract, Minimalism, Modern, Pop art, Surrealist, Landscape
Located in London, London
One fountain at the mountains III, 2018 Pencil and ink on paper. Unframed His work has been shown in Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid, Royal Academy of London, Arco Madrid, Pinta Art Fa...
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2010s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Pencil

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Walking teacup Pen on paper Numbered ‘5’ (lower right under the mount) 9.3/4 x 13.1/4 in. (24.7 x 33.5 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly ...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Puffing long legged beast beside the walking teacup Pencil on paper 15.1/2 x 11 in. (39.4 x 28 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly in the p...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Horned hippo beast Pen on paper Numbered ‘1’ (lower right under the mount) 10.1/8 x 13.3/8 in. (25.7 x 33.8 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: form...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) The ugly monster Pen on paper Numbered ‘2’ (lower right under the mount) 11.3/4 x 9.7/8 in. (30 x 25 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly in...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Puffing long legged beast Pen on paper Numbered ‘3’ (lower right under the mount) 10.1/8 x 10.1.8 in. (25.7 x 25.7 cm.) (to site edge) Provenanc...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Cow bug beast Pen on paper Numbered ‘10’ (lower right under the mount) 9 x 11 in. (22.8 x 27.8 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly in the p...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Dino Monster Pen on paper 10.1/4 x 13.5/8 in. (26 x 34.5 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly in the possession of Rudiger Volhard, Clifford...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) A smiling lizard beast Pen on paper Numbered ‘4’ (lower right under the mount) 8.1/2 x 10.1/8 in. (21.5 x 25.8 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: fo...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) Horned big eared monster Pen on paper Numbered ‘8’ (lower right under the mount) 10.1/2 x 10.7/8 in. (26.7 x 27.7 cm.) (to site edge) Provenanc...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pen

Original Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Sea of Monsters, drawing by Heinz Edelmann
Located in Petworth, GB
Heinz Edelmann (German, 1934 – 2009) A canon beastie Pen on paper Numbered ‘11’ (lower right under the mount) 10.1/4 x 11 in. (26 x 28 cm.) (to site edge) Provenance: formerly in th...
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1960s Pop Art Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pen, Paper