Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe (FS II.31) by Andy Warhol ’, 1967, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe (FS II.31) by Andy Warhol ’, 1967, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe (FS II.31) by Andy Warhol ’, 1967, Revolver Gallery

Title: Marilyn Monroe (FS II.31)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper.
Year: 1967
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 250 signed in pencil and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso. Portfolio of 10.

The Marilyn Monroe images are some of Andy Warhol’s most iconic works. This piece, Marilyn Monroe (FS II.31), is one of ten screenprints Warhol created based on a photo by Gene Korman. Warhol, began creating the images shortly after Marilyn's death in 1962. Driven by his interest in the famous and awe inspiring, Warhol created many images and prints based off of various prominent people. By creating a series based on the famous Marilyn Monroe, it is said that Andy Warhol created an icon from an icon, making the Marilyn body of work some of Warhol’s most sought after pieces. In Marilyn Monroe 31, there is a hot pink background and Marilyn has beige skin and bright yellow hair. The hot pink eyeshadow on her face accentuates her famously seductive eyes. Through Andy Warhol and his interest in famous people and stardom, the pop art style became iconic.

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