signed and dated 1963 red pen on paper laid down on board
15 x 14 in.
38.1 x 35.56 cm.
Provenance Sale: Sotheby's New York, The Andy Warhol Collection, 23 April - 3 May 1988
The Chicagoan Charles James was one of the greatest fashion creators of the 20th century Christian Dior and Balenciaga both acknowledged his creative supremacy. But he was an impossible man and by the time he created these works his glory days were already behind him he would end his days, still laboring away on the toiles he had developed in the 1930s in squalor and penury at The Chelsea Hotel. For me these sketches, from a collection of explicit male nudes (and one comely female), which belonged to Warhol, were revelatory. James's images of phalluses and writing male bodies looked like the volutes and curves of the seams of his magnificent ball-gowns. An unexpected source of inspiration for the dresses worn by the great stylish ladies of the century! He was a true artist of fashion. Hamish Bowles