Andy Warhol:

Marilyn Diptych

Pg. 1130 Fig. 29-29

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C. 1962 His art focus was on popular culture while celebrating the middle-class social and material values he absorbed growing up amid the Depression. The industrial studio he called the factory changed his style from hand painting to assembly-line silk-screening on canvas. The continuous image suggests the symbol of the moving image that made Marilyn Monroe so famous. The photo is of the Monroe the star not the person. Using diptych format from Byzantine icons of Christian saints, it shows Marilyn in biblical proportions. It takes the viewer to reflect on Monroe's life to get their own meaning of the piece.

Live Impressions:

The colors printed on the face reflects a much deeper purple. A sick unhappier color; ill or sickly. The blacks go from invisible to extreme contrast. The left seems almost cloud-like and the bright happier if the limelight.

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