Man and Woman and Two Chairs
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Man and Woman and Two Chairs 1960 - 1962
  • Artist Rooms
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?

Glossary Open

Oeuvre

French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Oeuvre, Pop Art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00284
  • Medium Graphite and gouache on paper
  • Size 58.30 x 73.50 cm
  • Credit 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