Portrait of Maurice
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.,/ARS, NY and DACS, London 2004

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Portrait of Maurice 1976
Warhol was obsessed with fame and produced many pictures of the rich and famous. However, he was never afraid to solicit commissions for portraits and would often suggest that he could create a portrait of a pet, if someone was unwilling to sit for their own portrait. Maurice was the beloved dachshund of Gabrielle Keiller, who bequeathed her art collection to the Modern One in 1995. This was the first painting by Warhol to enter the Gallery's collection. To create this screenprinted image, he worked from Polaroids of Maurice, taken at Keiller's London home.

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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. GMA 4095
  • Medium Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Size 65.80 x 81.40 cm (framed: 77.10 x 92.50 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995