Andy Warhol created a series of silkscreened images of Marilyn Monroe in the four months following her death from a barbiturates overdose in August 1962, and continued making them for several years after. Monroe and her tragic death were a perfect pairing of two of Warhol’s consistent themes – celebrity and death. He used a publicity photograph of Monroe used to promote her 1953 film Niagara
, and printed the image repeatedly. It’s been suggested that the repeated images reference her constant presence in the media, and Warhol himself said of his image repetitions: ‘Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’.
Marilyn Monroe (hot pink)
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967 (hot pink) Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 inches ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. TM 2020 Marilyn Monroe LLC by CMG Worldwide, Inc. www.MarilynMonroe.com
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.