Marilyn Monroe’s face is presented as an impenetrable mask in bright luminous colours. Published in ten different colour combinations, using the impersonal screen printing process, the multi-coloured surface portrays her image in a startlingly lurid manner.
Monroe is probably Warhol’s most famous subject. He used a publicity still as the basis for this and other pictures of her, presenting us with a frozen image that reinforces the universal power of the most tragic of all Hollywood’s personae. The portrayal of Monroe as a product of mass culture, packaged for the public as if a consumer item connects this work to the American Pop Art movement.
Source of content : The Art Book
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