Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe Rug ’, ca. 1960, Nazmiyal Collection

Beautiful Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Rug, Country of Origin: Scandinavia, Circa Date: Mid-20th Century – Here is an exciting and alluring vintage rug – a mid-twentieth century production featuring a composition designed by the inimitable Andy Warhol. A Swedish rug, this exceptional Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe rug beautifully showcases Warhol’s distinct style. Easily one of the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century, there is little that hasn’t been said of Warhol. A household name in his own lifetime, Warhol was largely responsible for elevating icons and images of popular culture into the world of “high art.” One of Warhol’s favorite subjects was Marilyn Monroe. Andy Warhol Marilyn once famously remarked about Monroe, that he simply painted ‘things that he liked’ – a subject he painted over and over again, in a myriad of styles. This particular composition features a pink-skinned, yellow-haired Marilyn set against a baby blue background. The pastel of the pallet reinforces Warhol’s treatment of the subject, the proportions and line work of which are evocative of 1970’s psychedelic art. This subtle reintroduction of a pop culture icon from one time to another is emblematic of Warhol’s greatest strengths as an artist and social commentator.


About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York