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Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe, 1962, Offset Lithograph

Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe, 1962, Offset Lithograph

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Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe, 1962

Offset Lithograph signed in the plate

Famous offset lithograph by Andy Warhol in mint condition!

Authorized by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Designed in 2013 by McGaw Graphics, Inc.
Details of the edition appear at the bottom of the plate.


Marilyn Monroe was a legend when she killed herself in August 1962, but in retrospect her life seems to have been one of progressive martyrdom for the media and her public. After her death, Warhol based many works on the same photograph of her, a publicity photo for the 1953 film Niagara. He painted the canvas with a single color, turquoise, green, blue, lemon yellow, then screen-printed the face of Monroe on top, sometimes alone, sometimes doubled, sometimes multiplied in a grid. The golden field of Gold Marilyn Monroe (the only one of Warhol's Marilyns to use this color) recalls the religious icons of the history of Christian art, a resonance that however imbues the work with a morbid allure.

By reproducing the photograph of a heroine shared by millions, Warhol negates the sense of the artist's uniqueness of personality that was implicit in 1950s gesture painting. He also used a technique commercial, screen printing, which gives the image a clean and artificial appearance; even as Warhol canonizes Monroe, he reveals that her public image is but a carefully constructed illusion. Reminiscent of 1950s glamour, Gold Marilyn Monroe's face is like the star herself: bright, but fleeting; bold, yet vulnerable; fascinating, but elusive. Surrounded by a void, it is like the crossfade at the end of a film.

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