Andy Warhol

Ice Cream Dessert


Not on display

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Ink and dye on paper
Image: 695 × 428 mm
frame: 910 × 750 × 28 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Online caption

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 extravagant 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.

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