Screenprint ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Framed: 210.2 x 573.2 x 6.4 cm (82 3/4 x 225 11/16 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 205.7 x 567.7 cm (81 x 223 1/2 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund, and Anonymous Gift 1997.246
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This work's palette suggests clashing representations of Marilyn Monroe: technicolor filmstrip and black-and-white newsreel footage of the 1940s and ’50s.
The image of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn x 100, the largest of Andy Warhol's many paintings featuring the celebrity, comes from a publicity still for the 1953 film Niagara. Warhol reproduces this iconic image through silk screening, a commercial printing technique from which the artist's hand is absent, on top of a unique underpainting made by Warhol. As was common throughout Warhol's work, Marilyn x 100 explores the relationship—and suggests overlaps—among mass media, technology, pop culture, and fine art.
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