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This is from a series Andy Warhol did called "Jews of the 20th Century". Here you can see Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Sarah Burnhardt. Also in the series are Louis Brandeis, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, and Gertrude Stein. This series came later in Warhol's career, and he was very liberal with his sketching and blocking over the final screenprint. You can see in the Einstein frame here especially his linework that he drew over the print.

Also, in the reflection of the Franz Kafka frame you can see the Soup Cans on the opposite wall.

Initially I was going to use all song quotes from the Velvet Underground for this series, since Andy Warhol was so integrated with them, but I've found that there are a good deal of songs about about him so I'm going to use those, also. His work was questioned at the time he was producing it (questioned mainly because most of his work was produced by 'the factory' in later years, not by him) and that really comes across in some of the music. He really was an icon, and his ideas and concepts were very influential, but to call him a 'painter' was and still is questionable.

It's interesting since he coined, and questioned, the concept of '15 minutes of fame' that his influence has lived on.

"was he a painter
underground major
wasn't he conspiring with ralph nader
sunday afternoons in central park
was he a writer
a freedom fighter
did he make your world a little brighter
mondays after dark
andy warhol had to die
we don't know why
we don't know why
now he's painting passersby
in his corner of the sky
was he a thinker
a heavy drinker
was nixon wrapped around his finger
I've heard crazy alli swear he was
was he a controller
a hip rock n' roller
did he realize that the war was over
or let them go on just because

while lou's still walking on the wild side

now I've been working
nights at the diner
where a soup can serves as my reminder
did he ever draw JFK
has anyone seen him
talked to him lately
would you tell him that I'm waiting
sunday afternoons in central park"
-evan and jaron

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