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Marilyn Monroe

Artist
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
Printer
Aetna Silkscreen Products, Inc.
Publisher
Factory Additions
Sitter
Marilyn Monroe, 1 Jun 1926 - 5 Aug 1962
Date
1967
Type
Print
Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 91.4 x 91.4cm (36 x 36")
Frame: 96.2 x 96.2 x 3.8cm (37 7/8 x 37 7/8 x 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York
Object number
NPG.97.48
Exhibition Label
Born Los Angeles, California
Based on a publicity still from Marilyn Monroe's 1953 film Niagara, Andy Warhol's portrait of the film star conveys both her glamour and her fragility. A gifted performer, Monroe became an iconic sex symbol, entertaining troops in Korea and electrifying movie audiences. Despite her success, she maintained an air of vulnerability. Warhol capitalized on these contradictions, first portraying Monroe after her 1962 death from a drug overdose. Using silkscreens, he created multiple renditions of the portrait. By emphasizing the images' off-register printing, Warhol created a powerful metaphor for the dissolution of Monroe's career and the disastrous impact of her overexposure. In this screenprint, one of a series of ten, Monroe's sensual features dissolve into a nearly impenetrable mask as Warhol's non-naturalistic colors and their improper alignment add a jarring, alienating effect to the familiar face.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View
NPG, South Gallery 342
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York