Marilyn Monroe (1985)
About this artwork
This poster features ten images of Marilyn Monroe taken from a portfolio of screenprints published in 1967. Warhol completed his first portrait of the star following her suicide in 1962. Using the same image (a publicity shot for her film ‘Niagara’), these later images have been printed in a variety of garish colours. However, despite the often alien colour combinations, such as a pink face and blue hair, Marilyn is still instantly identifiable – a testament to how iconic this image has become. Advertising an exhibition of Warhol’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, this poster, produced some twenty years after the original screenprint, further highlights its ability to characterise Warhol and his art.
- title: Marilyn Monroe
- accession number: AR00341
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Marilyn Monroe
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1985
- measurements: 59.70 x 96.90 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.