Unseen Warhol drawings have given fans ‘the history we always wanted. A book containing more than 200 previously unseen drawings by Andy Warhol has given an unprecedented insight into the artist and his work.

Art dealer Daniel Blau has been handling Andy Warhol ‘s work for nearly 20 years. But it’s only recently that he discovered a missing link in the Pop artist’s history: some 300 drawings from the 1950s.

Blau speaking to The Telegraph from his Munich gallery, said “You think you know an artist and then he does something unexpected. The drawings have given Warhol roots.” He discovered the drawings after a meeting at the Andy Warhol foundation in New York. After asking if there was any unseen Warhol works hidden away in the archives, several unpublished early drawings were brought out. Two hundred of them have now been published in Blau’s new book, From Silverpont to Silverscreen out this week.

In contrast to the brightly coloured prints that Warhol became internationally famous for, these pieces show what Blau regards as a European influence. The scratchy line drawings and etchings have overtones of the German and Austrian artists Otto Dix, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, who changed the landscape of early 20th-century art. “These drawings give Warhol’s work a new meaning for the European audience,” Blau said.

Although the drawings, which are mainly figurative, seem distant from Warhol’s later Pop art, Blau said they are important in understanding it and his career as an artist. “These early works put his other work in relation. The drawings give Warhol this earthly appearance; he wasn’t a deity, he had to work hard to get where he did like any other artist.”

That Warhol’s work is so recognisable is partly due to the amount of prints and canvases he produced. “He wanted to be an artist for every purse and social strata,” Blau explained. The average print run of a Warhol work was 300, which explains why his work remains so prominent today. In contrast to these mass-produced canvases, Warhol stuck mainly to drawing during the 1950s. Blau said, “very few canvases have survived from that time. What’s interesting is that he mostly did drawings and he was totally into graphic media, including blotting and watercolour.”   source: The Telegraph / www.telegraph.co.uk