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Gold Marilyn Monroe

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Warhol was inspired to create this tribute to Marilyn Monroe on the occasion of her suicide. The image reproduced by Warhol was taken from a publicity still by photographer Gene Korman, shot for the 1953 film 'Niagara'.

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Soon after her tragic death in 1962, Warhol made a series of paintings paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe, the actress, model, and singer who had captured America’s imagination in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Warhol based this portrait on a publicity still from the 1953 film Niagara. run 3 online He painted the background gold before silkscreening the boldly colored face in the center, adding black to show her features. Even as Warhol canonizes Monroe, he reveals her public persona as a carefully structured illusion.

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