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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

WARHOL, ANDY (1925 - 1987)

MARILYN MONROE TREMAINE COLLECTION CONNECTICUT

20th Century American Date: 1962 Size: 6’11” x 4’7” Medium: Synthetic polymer paint silk-screened onto canvas

ARTIST - Andy Warhol was born in Pennsylvania and attended art school at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He was once quoted as saying that he wanted to be a machine. Before becoming a painter, Warhol was a successful fashion illustrator of shoes. He wanted to produce art that would appeal to everybody. His 'products' ranged from paintings of soup cans, soft-drink bottles, cheesecake, and Brillo to Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy. He is the most popular of a group of artists called "Pop Artists." The artists of the 1960's painted in styles that were calculated to be cool and detached. By neither commenting on nor transforming the object, Pop artists were not criticizing commercialism and advertising, but simply reporting them.

PRINT - Marilyn Monroe is a good example of the type of art done by Andy Warhol and other Pop artists. The artist takes a subject that is a common everyday object and then merely repeats it over and over. The paintings look like advertising signs, labels on cans, or comic book pages blown up. In some cases the paintings looked like the original, or real thing. In Marilyn Monroe, a portrait of a famous and well-known celebrity is printed over and over, half of it in very bright colors, almost like a large bright design. This portrait of Marilyn Monroe tells the story of a woman transformed into a commercial property. She has been carefully manufactured, packaged and sold like a can of soup.

Some people were disturbed by this new art, saying that the subjects chosen to paint were too ordinary. A Pop painter might have replied: "We paint objects which are everywhere and are around us constantly; objects which govern our lives." Pop painting was presented as a "new realism," an accurate measure of reflection of contemporary life in America.

PORTFOLIO G PAIRED WITH:

HENRY A WEDDING IN THE 1830's

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