Paintings for Children and Fish Wallpaper, Installation at The Andy Warhol Museum, 1998, photo by Richard Stoner
In 1983, art dealer Bruno Bischofberger asked Warhol to create a series of paintings for children. Warhol, who was quite fond of children, was intrigued by the idea and quickly set about creating a group of small-scale works showing monkeys, parrots, dogs, circus clowns and fish. The paintings were based on a collection of vintage windup mechanical toys that Warhol had been collecting for several years. When the paintings were first shown in Zurich in 1983, they were installed against a background of Fish Wallpaper, also designed by Warhol. The paintings were hung quite low, allowing them to be easily seen by children.
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