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Why did Andy Warhol paint Marilyn Monroe?

Why did Andy Warhol paint Marilyn Monroe?

Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe, 1967, screenprint, 36 x 36 (91.5 x 91.5 cm), Ed of 250,
Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe, 1967, screenprint, 36 x 36 (91.5 x 91.5 cm), Edition of 250

Introduction

During his lifetime, Andy Warhol was always allied with the notion of celebrity. It is often said that Andy Warhol understood the allure of global celebrity and its effects on contemporary society long before gossip blogs were even a thing. Even more pointedly was his fascination with starlets, it-girls, and famous actresses of that time whom he would often immortalize in his now timeless artworks1.

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