Embracing Couple with Marbleised Background
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Embracing Couple with Marbleised Background 1952

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
In the early 1950s Warhol experimented with marbling paper. A friend commented that Warhol’s “bathtub was usually full of paper he was marbling, leading friends to believe he never used it himself”. This work is an example of Warhol combining a blotted-line drawing with a marbleised background. The swirling pattern resembles a bed-sheet, creating a veil around the embracing couple. Their eyes are closed which adds to the dreamlike quality of the image. In 1954 Warhol featured in both group and solo shows at the Loft Gallery in New York. Among the works he exhibited were many of his marbleised drawings and other folded and crumpled paper pieces displayed on the walls, ceiling and floor.


  • Acc. No. AR00241
  • Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
  • Size 30.00 x 35.60 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