Marilyn Monroe (1983)
About this artwork
This poster features a portrait of Marilyn Monroe from a portfolio of screenprints by Warhol published in 1967. Completing his first portrait of the star following her suicide in 1962, he has used the same image (the publicity shot for her film 'Niagara') for this series. However, in comparison with the earlier prints these later examples display a tighter cropping of her instantly recognisable features. Warhol’s obsession with celebrity and death began with his Marilyn portraits and continued throughout his career.
- title: Marilyn Monroe
- accession number: AR00336
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Marilyn Monroe
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1983
- measurements: 75.90 x 51.80 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.