When you think of Andy Warhol, you probably think about Pop - colourful paintings of Marilyn Monroe or Campbell cans - but you don't really think of Christmas. Yet, Andy Warhol really loved Christmas, and why wouldn't he since its one - if not the most, Pop-ish holiday in the whole world, especially in such a pop and universally known place like America. Christmas represented him as well as the pop culture, being at the same time a materialistic and universal holiday, with so many kitsch and holly elements.
What some people probably don’t know is that for a few years he worked on comissioned designing Christmas cards for big names like Harper’s Bazaar and Tiffany & Co. Warhol’s cards were subsequently published by Tiffany’s every year until 1962, when he began to show his Campbell soup cans paintings.
Most of the Christmas cards Warhol made were in fact Christmas presents. One famous recipient from his Christmas cards, was Truman Capote - receiving a golden slipper - who in that time wasn’t his friend, but later in life became one of his closest, as you can see in their picture together.
Now this Christmas 2016 let’s get in the festive mood and rejoice looking at these amazing illustrations.
Andy, thank you so much for your work for always putting colours and a smile in our lives.
You shall go to the ball. Andy Warhol 1955-60.
Christmas Fairy. Andy Warhol 1954.
Comission to Harpeer’s Bazaar. Andy Warhol 1957.
Ornaments. Andy Warhol 1957
Poinsettias. Andy Warhol 1982.