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Andy Warhol

Round Marilyn

  • Year1963
  • MaterialAcrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Dimensions45.2 x cm
  • Year of acquisition2000
  • Inventory numberUAB 504
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

In 1962, Andy Warhol discovered screen printing for his art. By using this technique, he was able to serially integrate media images into his painting. Now a famous and often-copied portrait series, Warhol embarked on his paintings of the actress Marilyn Monroe after her death in the summer of 1962. He used a press photo for the film “Niagara” (1953); her idealized image is seductive and of breathtaking beauty. For three works in the series, he primed the canvas in gold; two of the works were created as tondos. The golden background, which in sacred art symbolizes the realm of the divine, bestows her with a quasi-religious aura. But Monroe’s sanctity had already been crushed at this point. Whether it was suicide or contract murder (still a matter of speculation today), her death was not least the product of a society that fed on the fame of its stars as relentlessly as it indulged in their demise.

Further collection artworks

Keith Haring Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1989
Cy Twombly, THERMOPYLAE (MEUDON), 1992, UAB 466aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 644aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Sigmar Polke, Goethes Werke, 1963, UAB 338aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Sigmar Polke Goethes Werke, 1963
Werkabbildung: Sigmar Polke, Ohne Titel (Bardame), 1975, Ausstellung 'German Pop' im Museum Brandhorst in München
Sigmar Polke Ohne Titel (Bardame), 1975
Arthur JafaMickey Mouse was a Scorpio (2017)UAB / JAF 02/17
Arthur Jafa Mickey Mouse was a Scorpio, 2017