Andy Warhol, ‘Jackie Kennedy I (Jackie I)’, 1965, Rago

Paired with Roy Lichtenstein

Andy Warhol began working on the “Jackie” series in February of 1964, four months after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. Warhol found himself deeply affected by the media coverage of the JFK assassination, and collected a number of press clippings of the event. This series, depicting tightly cropped photographs, focuses specifically on Jackie Kennedy shortly before and after she was widowed. Warhol’s unorthodox approach to portraiture, which mainly involved appropriating photographs of celebrities from magazines and newspapers, effectively reinforces the individual’s public image rather than reinterpreting it. This particular image depicts Jacqueline Kennedy, carefree and smiling, shortly after her arrival at Love Field on the day of her husband’s assassination.

Sheet: 21 7/8 x 17 1/2; Framed: 28 3/4 x 24 1/4 x 1 5/8 in

Series: 11 Pop Artists Vol. 1

Signature: Stamped and numbered

Private Collection

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York