Andy Warhol

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This artwork is a series of fifty paintings of the trendy actress Marilyn Monroe, the reason I’ve chosen this image is because at first appearance it might seem like an easy piece of art to make, as it is just reproducing the same image of Marilyn, the one and only subject topic of the artwork, but looking deeper than just its visual features, its concealing many meanings behind its repetitions and the way colour tones have been used.
It is a silk-screen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, formed by two panels, each 208.3 x 144.8 cm, one of the panels is coloured using six different colours for a dramatized and loud effect, and the other panel is in black and white, providing a severe contrast to the bright colours on the other panel. According to how heavily or thinly the screens were inked, some of them reproduce her facial features behind a black fade.
In order to create its final coloured paintings, he would have built up the images in reverse. First he would have under painted the background and some of its colourful areas, like the pink face, the red lips and the golden hair, then over printed the silk-screened photographic image of the actress.
It was constructed 4 months after Marilyn committed suicide in august 1962. Upon hearing the news of the stars passing, Andy Warhol began to construct a work of art in dedication to her, which some have come to believe represents the mortality of her glamorous life.
It has been suggested that Andy Warhol wanted to touch on both the frailness of human life, and the presence that celebrities can have in the everyday life. Marilyn Monroe was a common name and the repetitiveness of her image in Marilyn diptych reinforces the fact everyone knew who she was. The colour scheme in both the hand panels reminds me that she, like all of us, will eventually fade away and that as bright as we may be at one point in our…...

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