Andy Warhol

Embracing Couple with Marbleised Background (1952)

About this artwork

In the early 1950s Warhol experimented with marbling paper. A friend commented that Warhol’s “bathtub was usually full of paper he was marbling, leading friends to believe he never used it himself”. This work is an example of Warhol combining a blotted-line drawing with a marbleised background. The swirling pattern resembles a bed-sheet, creating a veil around the embracing couple. Their eyes are closed which adds to the dreamlike quality of the image. In 1954 Warhol featured in both group and solo shows at the Loft Gallery in New York. Among the works he exhibited were many of his marbleised drawings and other folded and crumpled paper pieces displayed on the walls, ceiling and floor.

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  • title: Embracing Couple with Marbleised Background
  • accession number: AR00241
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • date created: 1952
  • measurements: 30.00 x 35.60 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.