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Marilyn Diptych

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo credit: Tate

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Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962. In the following four months, Warhol made more than 20 silkscreen paintings of her, all based on the same publicity photograph from the 1953 film 'Niagara'. Warhol found in Monroe a fusion of two of his consistent themes: death and the cult of celebrity. By repeating the image, he evokes her ubiquitous presence in the media. The contrast of vivid colour with black and white, and the effect of fading in the right panel are suggestive of the star’s mortality.

Tate Modern

London


Date

1962

Medium

Acrylic on canvas

Measurements

H 205.4 x W 144.8 cm

Accession number

T03093

Acquisition method

Purchased 1980

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

date inscribed


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