Georges Marciano (Painting) was created in 1980 by Andy Warhol. Marciano, the co-founder of the American clothing brand GUESS?, appreciated Warhol’s unparalleled art form and commissioned a piece from the artist. Taking one of Marciano’s pictures, Warhol transformed his image into one of his pop art creations. Marciano once said, “I’ve always been a collector… I love beautiful things and art and culture definitely fall into this category… I believe that culture and art are important because they are closely linked to fashion. They are a true expression of the self just like my other passion – fashion.”
Georges Marciano (Painting) by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Andy Warhol was at the forefront of his career in the pop art movement, during which he creating commissioned portraits of iconic American celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley. He experienced a flood of commissions from an array of individuals hoping to be part of his collection. Having one’s portrait painted by Warhol carried a high amount of prestige and class. It was considered a form of social validation and public acceptance. Warhol’s portrait of Marciano hangs in Marciano’s hotel, L’Hotel, in the Old Port of Montreal.