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The Iconic Marilyn Diptych Painting by Andy Warhol
The Marilyn Diptych is a painting created by American artist Andy Warhol in 1962. The work consists of 50 identical silk-screened portraits of actress Marilyn Monroe, arranged in five rows of ten images each. The piece is one of the most famous and recognizable works of pop art, and was painted shortly after Monroe’s death in 1962. It has been sold for a record price of $US17 million.
The Marilyn Diptych is notable for several reasons. Firstly, it is an early example of Warhol’s use of the silkscreen printing process, which he would continue to use throughout his career. Secondly, the work contains some of Warhol’s earliest explorations of celebrities and death.
“The piece is one of the most famous and recognizable works of pop art, and was painted shortly after Monroe’s death in 1962.”
The Marilyn Diptych was painted in the months following Monroe’s death, at a time when Warhol was first experimenting with silk-screening. The work consists of 50 identical images of the actress, printed onto canvas using a stencil technique. Warhol chose to use Monroe as his subject due to her widespread fame and iconic status.
The work was originally intended to be a portrait of Monroe alone, but Warhol decided to include 49 other images of the actress in order to create a “diptych” (a two-paneled painting). The resulting work is one of Warhol’s most famous and recognizable pieces. The Marilyn Diptych has been sold for a record price of $US17 million. The work was purchased by an anonymous buyer at Christie’s auction house in New York City in November 2012. The painting currently hangs in the Tate Modern museum in London.