Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)
(F&S II. 22-31), 1967
Portfolio of ten color screenprints on paper
36 x 36 inches each
Edition of 250
Signed in pencil and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso
Printed by Aetna screenprint Products, Inc., New York
Published by Factory Additions, New York
Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987, Fourth Edition (expanded by Frayda Feldman and Claudia Defendi), 2003, Catalogue Reference F&S II. 22-31, another impression reproduced page 68 in color.
A. Warhol, G. Mercurio, D. Morera, The Andy Warhol Show, Milan: Skira; London: Thames & Hudson, 2005, pp. 88-89 (illustrated)
Andy Warhol Marilyn Set of 10
The legend admired and adored for her vibrancy in both character and beauty is flawlessly rendered here in a complete set of ten pristine screenprints. This rare portfolio of Marilyn Monroe proffers a glimpse at not only the multifaceted stardom of the subject, but also allows for a complete portrait of a star whose magnanimous personality and unrivaled beauty could never be captured in a single image. The ten images function like stills from her films, revealing the myriad costumes and maquillage worn by the star. By screenprinting her in various palettes, Warhol illuminates the alter-egos of the celebrated icon; in one image she is rendered in fluorescent pinks, with a halo of pale blue hair and mint green lipstick; in another monochromatic frame her hair is ashen, her skin nearly white and her lips inky black, providing a haunting glimpse of the star had her life not been cut tragically shot. Warhol portrays a nostalgic representation of the adored beauty, at once enchanting yet aloof in her remote isolation in the artificial land of bygone Hollywood.
Borrowing from his own catalogue of imagery, this portfolio of screenprints was conceived after Warhol first rendered Marilyn in acrylic in 1962. This reinvention of his most iconic work refreshes the images, effectively re-appropriating his painting. The 10 images of Marilyn epitomize the haunting representations of the film star; the icon of Hollywood is illuminated by every possible phosphorescent hue, simultaneously lending the screen goddess an eerie quality as we remember her timeless beauty and unrivaled persona. Repeated ten times before us, the portrait is a monument to the star’s legendary beauty, her glamorous Hollywood existence, and Warhol’s pivotal affinity for the tragic idol.