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Ice Cream Dessert
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Ice Cream Dessert 1959

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
For Warhol food was his “great extravagance” and he had a very sweet tooth, claiming that “all I ever really want is sugar”. This image of an elaborate ice-cream has been depicted in the same way he would complete a fashion illustration - with his blotted-line technique and vivid colours. The ice-cream was almost certainly from the fashionable Serendipity 3 café where Warhol would host colouring parties in the 1950s. He would encourage his friends – some of whom would have helped him create the original illustrations - to colour the works with an inventiveness that adds to their whimsical nature. This process looks forward to the production methods of Warhol’s legendary studio, the Factory, in the 1960s.


  • Acc. No. AR00255
  • Medium Ink and dye on paper
  • Size 69.50 x 42.80 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