Perrier
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Perrier 1983
  • Artist Rooms
In the 1980s Warhol began to accept commissions for advertising work from a range of manufacturers and businesses. Many critics noted that he had essentially gone full-circle, returning to where he had started in the 1950s as a commercial illustrator. Yet Warhol maintained that he “was always a commercial artist”. This screenprint of the French mineral water Perrier was created for an advertising campaign in 1983. It features a black photographic print together with printed line-drawings of the bottle’s contours. The vibrant pink background contrasting with the areas of turquoise and the expressive lines create a vibrant poster. This design was awarded the Grand Prize of the French Poster in 1983.

Glossary Open

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Commission, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00404
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 44.50 x 59.70 cm (framed: 51.60 x 66.50 x 3.80 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