We all know Andy Warhol as the leader of the American Pop Art Movement, but did you know that he started off as an illustrator working mainly with fashion magazines? No? Me neither!

That’s why I was more than happy to stumble upon an exhibition of his illustrations in Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts back in November. On display there are  fifty posters and almost a thousand illustrations found in 400 magazines that belong to the collection of Paul Maréchal. Although Warhol sifted from illustration to painting, he still got commissions for advertisements and magazines. Take the Absolut Vodka bottle for example that was re-launched last year. The collaboration took place in 1985 and it was Warhol who suggested to Absolut to collaborate with other artists as well.

The exhibition runs until March 15, 2015.

(top photo clockwise: The Washingtonian, Aug 1986, Portrait of Sally Quinn, The Best in the World, December 1986-February 1987, Portrait of Christiana Vardinoyianni, Jet Society International, Spring 1987 Portrait of Christiana Vardinoyianni, If Italian Fashion cover, Fall 1983, portrait of Mariuccia Mandelli)

andy wahrhol illustrations

Top photo: Levi’s 501 Jeans, 1984, Halston 1982, Rado Diastar Anatom, 1987

Photo below: The Beatles, 1980, Rats&Star Soul Vacation, 1983, Debbie Harry French Kissin 1986the beatles/debbie-harrypolo cover/montreux-jazz-festival

Top photo: Polo cover, 1985, Montreux Jazz Festival, 1986

Photo below: Madame Figaro, 1986, Portrait of Isabelle Adjani, Vogue Paris, December 1984-January 1985, Portrait of Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco

covers for madame figaro and vogue parisandy wahrhol illustrations

Top photo: Various illustrations

Photo below: Time magazine, 1965, Fifth New York Film Festival 1967

time magazine cover/film festival poster