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Andy Warhol

Marilyn (Silver, Rosenthal),
Enamel on porcelain
Edition of 49
51 x 51 x 2 cm (20.1 x 20.1 x 0.8 in)
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As a golden legend of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe held particular fascination for Andy Warhol. Her suicide on 5 August, 1962 struck a personal chord and triggered a dedicatory series that isolated her beautiful and elusive face against variously colored, almost acidic, backdrops. Warhol’s Marilyn exemplified everything that Pop art was, thanks to its explicit reference to Marilyn Monroe, who was an icon of pop culture. In this edition, Marilyn is colored in silver and black, a stark departure from its vivid counterparts. This brings to mind the effect of watching the actress on the cinema screen in black and white. The dark colors are also a somber reminder of the actress’s passing.

The artist's depictions of women and starlets explored the relationships between consumer society, fashion, fame, sensationalism, and death. It is also said that through his distinctive style of work, Warhol referred to a society in which individuals were seen as mere products rather than human beings.

This edition of only 49 copies was published by Rosenthal studio-line, in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual Arts INC., New York.