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1967 Andy Warhol Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928 Died: New York, New York 1987 Factory Editions (Publisher) screenprint on paper sheet: 36 x 36 in. (91.5 x 91.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase with the aid of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kainen and the National Endowment for the Arts © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1974.81 Not currently on view

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Andy Warhol created many prints and paintings in response to Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death in 1962. This portrait is based on a publicity still from her 1953 film, Niagara. Warhol duplicated the image using silkscreen, and printed it in lively, fluorescent hues. The bright, shocking color is at odds with thoughts of death or mourning, and distances the star’s identity from her image as it draws attention to the discrepancy between reality and celebrity.

Pop Art Prints, 2014


Portrait female - Monroe, Marilyn - head

graphic arts - print