Andy Warhol

Man and Woman and Two Chairs


Not on display

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Graphite and gouache on paper
Support: 583 × 735 mm
frame: 858 × 1008 × 35 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

During the early 1960s Warhol began to experiment with ways to get noticed and taken seriously in the world of fine art. The work he produced at this time is therefore experimental and displays some of the characteristics that would continue throughout his oeuvre, such as the use of appropriated imagery (often photographs found in a library). Yet, it often lacks the confidence and simplicity of his Pop images which were to gain him that much-desired recognition. This work is unusual, as the image itself does not make a great deal of sense. The central panel appears to be a brick fireplace but it is in the centre of the room , with empty chairs positioned in front. Are the couple playing a game, or has Warhol omitted a detail that would perhaps explain the situation?

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