A Letter of Rejection to Andy Warhol c.1956

By

16th May, 2013

One of his artworks is counted amongst the top 10 most expensive paintings ever sold ($100 million for “Eight Elvises”), but in 1956, the director of collections at The Museum of Modern Art in New York rejected Warhol’s submission, a drawing, simply titled, “Shoe”, informing him that it could picked up from the museum at his convenience.

[view enlarged version of the letter here].

Although most associate Andy with his pop art success, in the 1950s, he was making his way as a graphic illustrator. He had become a regular shoe illustrator for The New York Times, made Christmas cards and stationery at Bergdorf’s, and was drawing shop window displays for Tiffany & Co. He began winning awards as a graphic artist and by the end of the 1950s had become so successful, he decided to next conquer the fine art world, proclaiming, “I want to be Matisse!”

Insert motivational quote about never giving up on your dreams here__________.

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Comedic TherapyConversation StartersDon't Be A TouristHow to start a subcultureInspiration VaultInternet ScrapbookLife is MessyParis Like a LocalPeople / Icons / Muses

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

reindeerriders3

The Reindeer Riders

If the descendants of ancient legends truly exist among us today, these are they. Despite the odds, the nomads of Outer Mongolia are a people seemingly immune from degeneration, still living in su...

Trending 43,386
mecsmetro

Spotting Cute French Guys on the Paris Metro

I have a friend who used to leave her house for work at the exact same time everyday to make sure she caught the same train as her Paris metro crush. She never mustered the courage to speak to him a...

Trending 30,547
Processed with VSCOcam with e2 preset

The Secret Girls Lunch in Paris

Tell your girlfriends to meet you at the prettiest flower shop in Paris– but only the ones you trust with your innermost secrets. We've found ourselves a hidden new lunch spot... Wait for her ...

Trending 21,289