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Marilyn Monroe Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe made by Andy Warhol is one of the most famous pop-art artists and had made several recognizable artworks in the world. It is made in 1967 by using silkscreen prints. It was created because of the unfortunate death of the famous Hollywood star, Marilyn Monroe. The portrait of Monroe reflects the helplessness and confusion of people in a modern commercial society. The most dominant art elements used in this artwork is line, shapes, and color. The artist used a lot of thick lines and dots to create the shadow of Marilyn Monroe. Warhol also used primary color, yellow, and red-pink. In the artwork, Warhol has used darker values for the hair, shadow of the face, and brighter color with lemon yellow and red-pink for the background which creates an obvious contrast for the audience to know that Marilyn Monroe is the “main character” of the portrait. Warhol also applies organic shapes to fill in the shaded part of Monroe. The design principles used in this portrait is Marilyn Monroe centered right in the middle but not following the one-third composition method. This is to emphasize the importance of Marilyn Monroe and to enlarge the scale of her portrait and to tell the viewer or audience to focus on the portrait itself. In fact, this portrait was printed 50 times by using different colors. The artist used this technique to show that such popular tastes, like his painting, are being produced in large quantities until publicity gets bored of them.

 

My own biases opinion for this portrait is this is an artwork but not 100%handmade. I would say 50% handmade and 50%printing techniques. I think this is just commodity printing instead of traditional artwork. I think that this portrait does not worth that much this should be the same worth value as any advertisement printing. Andy Warhol has broken the standard of art, he made art more popular but I think at the same time he devalues the value of art. My emotional response to this artwork is actually a bit tense and exciting. I think how Andy Warhol has broken the standard of traditional art made me really excited because not many artists do what he called printing. My mood was tense because this really made me think about what is art? And how should people interpret art?