The Marilyn Monroe series of prints was produced by Andy Warhol in 1967.
The lithograph of Marilyn Monroe seen in the accompanying photograph was produced in 1967 and was part of the ‘Andy Warhol – I’m OK’ exhibition in the Gallery of Art Prague. The exhibition ran from 14th June 2014 to 31st December 2015. Other editions and variations of Warhol’s Marilyn can be seen in galleries across the world, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
This famous image of Marilyn Monroe was taken from a promotional photograph from the 1953 film Niagara, in which Marilyn was the star. However, Warhol only started producing images of Marilyn after her death in 1962. Warhol began with the silkscreen Marilyn Diptych which consists of fifty portraits of Marilyn. In 1967 Warhol developed his Marilyn Monroe portfolio consisting of singular portraits, each 36 square inches in size.
Warhol was a pioneer of the Pop Art movement in the 1950s. This movement focused on pop culture and media and challenged the congenital ideas of art. The series of prints made of Marilyn also recall early 20th century Fauvism, whereby colour and technique is emphasised over the figuration of the subject matter.
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As part of the exhibition you could create your own screen-print of Warhol’s work, including Marilyn Monroe, in a replica of Warhol’s screen-printing workshop similar to the Factory.