Description & Technical information

For Warhol, Marilyn was already a familiar subject. He initially began depicting the actress in the Marilyn Diptych, 1962, shortly after her death. The Marilyn Diptych is a silkscreen painting which contains fifty images of the actress, all taken from the 1953 film Niagara. Warhol explained:

“In August 62 I started doing silkscreens. I wanted something stronger that gave more of an assembly line effect. With silk-screening you pick a photograph, blow it up, transfer it in glue onto silk, and then roll ink across it so the ink goes through the silk but not through the glue. That way you get the same image, slightly different each time. It was all so simple quick and chancy. I was thrilled with it. When Marilyn Monroe happened to die that month, I got the idea to make screens of her beautiful face the first Marilyn's.”

Date:  1967
Period:  20th century
Medium: Silkscreen print in colours
Signature: Signed in pencil and numbered edition 54/250 published by Factory Editions New York

Dimensions: 91.44 x 91.44 cm (36 x 36 inches)
Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom

Literature: Catalogue Raisonné Feldman & Shellmann

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints