Portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

Portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

Printmaking, and in particular screenprint, was the basic medium for Andy Warhol’s celebrated work on canvas and paper. While a prize-winning commercial artist in the 1950s, he devised a printing process of blotting outline drawings in ink from one surface to another. In a whimsical book of fashionable shoe styles, done at the time he was head of advertising at a shoe company, his blotted drawings were reproduced and then hand-colored by a team of friends.

Although Warhol adopted a bland, detached persona, he was an extremely energetic artist and self-promoter who played a significant role in redirecting the course of art. Rather than deriving his work from subjective personal feelings or idealist visions for abstraction, Warhol embraced popular culture and commercial processes. He eventually set up his own print-publishing company called Factory Additions, issuing portfolios of his signature themes. For Marilyn, he created ten highly variable portraits, exploiting the possibilities in screenprinting for shifting colors and off-register effects. By celebrating the seemingly impervious veneer of glamour and fame, but acknowledging its darker inner complexity, these prints reveal Warhol’s subtle grasp of American culture.

Warhol did not participate in the collaborative printshop system established in America in the 1960s, but his work contributed decisively to what has been characterized as a “print boom” at that time. Through the course of his career, he made nearly eight hundred printed images on paper, about half published in traditional editions. He was also a surprisingly experimental printmaker, issuing hundreds of trial proofs and unique variants. The compositions that make up Camouflage, his last portfolio, constitute a playful commentary on abstraction. Through manipulation of scale and color from sheet to sheet, Warhol alters the visual impact of the military fabric used for concealment. In examples on canvas, he also superimposes his face, linking self-portraiture with disguise.

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Marilyn Monroe 27, Andy Warhol, Pop Art
Marilyn Monroe 27 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 27 – Andy Warhol
1967
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Marilyn Monroe 28 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 28 – Andy Warhol
1967
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) Reversal Series
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) Reversal Series
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) Reversal Series
1967
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Marilyn Monroe 26 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 26 – Andy Warhol
1967
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Portraits
Marilyn Monroe 25 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 25 – Andy Warhol
1967
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Marilyn Monroe 24 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 24 – Andy Warhol
1967
Marilyn Monroe 22 by Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 22 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 22 – Andy Warhol
1967
Marilyn Monroe 21, Andy Warhol, Pop Art
Marilyn Monroe 21 by Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 21 by Andy Warhol
1967
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Marilyn Monroe 31-Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 31-Andy Warhol
1967
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Marilyn Monroe 30 -Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 30 -Andy Warhol
1967
Marilyn Monroe 23 – Andy Warhol
Marilyn Monroe 23 – Andy Warhol
1967