Man and Woman and Two Chairs (1960 - 1962)
About this artwork
During the early 1960s Warhol began to experiment with ways to get noticed and taken seriously in the world of fine art. The work he produced at this time is therefore experimental and displays some of the characteristics that would continue throughout his oeuvre, such as the use of appropriated imagery (often photographs found in a library). Yet, it often lacks the confidence and simplicity of his Pop images which were to gain him that much-desired recognition. This work is unusual, as the image itself does not make a great deal of sense. The central panel appears to be a brick fireplace but it is in the centre of the room, with empty chairs positioned in front. Are the couple playing a game, or has Warhol omitted a detail that would perhaps explain the situation?
- title: Man and Woman and Two Chairs
- accession number: AR00284
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Graphite and gouache on paper
- date created: 1960 - 1962
- measurements: 58.30 x 73.50 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.
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.