The story behind Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn, the most expensive work of art of the 20th century

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The painting, produced by the pop art master in 1964, was sold in four minutes for a record amount of $ 195 million.

Shot Blue MarilynThe famous 1964 screen-printed portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol sold for a staggering $195 million during a historic auction at Christie’s, New York. A record for a work of art from the twentieth century, which comes to overturn what it was Algerian women (Version 0) Pablo Picasso ($179.4 million in May 2015).

The painting, made two years after the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe, is part of a series of portraits of the actress by Warhol and has since become one of his most famous works. He left work within four minutes while dozens of Christie’s brokers were present, hanging on their phones to take orders from buyers. C’est le marchand d’art américain Larry Gagosian, proprietaire des galeries du même nom, présent dans la salle bondée, qui a fait l’offre victorieuse, sans que l’on sache s’il agissait pour son compte’ ou Customer.

The painting, drawn in silkscreen ink and acrylic, is one of five meter by meter panels in bright, saturated, contrasting colors produced by the New York artist in 1964 from a photograph to promote the film Niagara In 1953. Pink face, blond hair and clear red lips, the actress reveals a mysterious smile against a turquoise blue background.

A scathing comment on the media’s obsession with the cult of fame

After becoming an international icon and star, a Hollywood actress was found dead of a barbiturate overdose, at the age of 36, on August 5, 1962. She had become sex symbolShe embodies seduction and feminine beauty, while she aspired to be famous for her acting talent and intelligence.

His tragic fate does not fail to interest Andy Warhol. Actually, ” Success, consumption, and death are precisely the recurring themes in Andy Warhol’s work “Refers to the Catawiki website, which is an online auction platform. Of course, the American artist turns out to be the recently deceased massive star of cinema. Still according to the specialist site,” This is actually a scathing comment on the media’s obsession with the cult of fame Even Warhol was seeking a self-criticism of his obsession in order to be (re)knowledged.

Original image from the movie “Niagara” (1953). © Wikimedia Commons.

For registration, the four works Shot Marilyn De Wahrol will take their names from an incident in 1964 in his studio in Manhattan, AFP details. woman, after asking the artist if she could” take photo “If the pictures were to shoot her a pistol (to shoot firein English, it can mean to take a picture but also to shoot a gun).

About George Frey, President of the Amman Foundation, “ Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn, certainly more famous today than the original portrait from director Henry Hathaway’s Niagara, attests to her sound visual power in this new millennium. “. This is amazing ” An amazing picture that separates the person from the star “, Analyse.

The picture, which became legendary and iconic, would end up with Marilyn in American and international popular culture. The insane amount spent on this painting is the best witness to the actress’s aura, almost 60 years after her death.

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