Gold Marilyn Monroe

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Gold Marilyn Monroe
ArtistAndy Warhol
Dimensions6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) x 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)

Gold Marilyn Monroe is an art piece by Andy Warhol composed of a photograph of actress Marilyn Monroe's face centered on a large (6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) x 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)) gold-painted canvas.[1][2] Warhol used silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas. It was completed in 1962, the same year as Monroe's death.[3] The image of Monroe is a direct copy of a close-up shot from her 1953 film Niagara.

Gold Marilyn Monroe was included in Warhol's first show in New York, at the Stable Gallery in November 1962, where the architect Philip Johnson bought it. He eventually donated it to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, where it remains.[4][5]

Artistic technique[edit]

Warhol painted a large canvas a shiny gold color. In the center of the canvas and latex, he silk-screened a black and white photograph of Monroe. He painted her face, hair, and blouse.[6]

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  1. ^ "MoMA | Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 1962". Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  2. ^ "Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe – Smarthistory". Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  3. ^ "Smartify | Gold Marilyn Monroe - Andy Warhol". Smartify. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  4. ^ "Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 1962 | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  5. ^ "Marilyn". Richard Polsky Art Authentication. Retrieved 2021-11-16.
  6. ^ "Gold Marilyn Monroe". Obelisk Art History. Retrieved 2021-11-02.