Marilyn Monroe
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Marilyn Monroe 1983
  • Artist Rooms
This poster features a portrait of Marilyn Monroe from a portfolio of screenprints by Warhol published in 1967. Completing his first portrait of the star following her suicide in 1962, he has used the same image (the publicity shot for her film 'Niagara') for this series. However, in comparison with the earlier prints these later examples display a tighter cropping of her instantly recognisable features. Warhol’s obsession with celebrity and death began with his Marilyn portraits and continued throughout his career.

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Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Portfolio, Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00336
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 75.90 x 51.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008