Andy Warhol, ‘Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (FS II.13)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (FS II.13)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (FS II.13)’, 1966, Revolver Gallery

Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) 13 is a single portrait of President John F. Kennedy’s wife and was based on a photograph that came from the December 6, 1963 edition of Life magazine. The magazine featured images from President JFK’s assassination and funeral. Warhol used the images of Jacqueline Kennedy, who was iconic in her own right, to create a number of different pieces. This piece is an example of Warhol’s early works in which very little changes were made to the original photograph; the color palette is simply black and white. This image shows a smiling Jackie, in her classic pillbox hat, sitting next to JFK prior to his death. The print was part of a portfolio entitled 11 Pop Artists I, and the other artists featured in the portfolio were Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Allen Jones, Gerald Laing, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Phillips, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist, John Wesley and Tom Wesselmann.

Jacqueline Kennedy was and continues to be an American icon. By using images lifted straight from Life magazine, Warhol was commenting on media frenzy. Warhol continued later in his career to comment on American society using images of women who were icons of cinema, media or politics. During this time in his career, Warhol was making the shift from graphic artist/commercial illustrator to pop artist. Warhol used eight different images of Jacqueline Kennedy to show the story of JFK’s death. The Jacqueline Kennedy series has become almost as iconic as the Marilyn images because she represents another side of the American celebrity, which is, in her case, royalty.

Signature: signed with rubber stamp and numbered in pencil on verso.

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