Modernism- Shot Marilyn

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Warhol was infatuated with celebrities, their lives and pop culture. It was 1964 when he was learning to produce multiple prints of the same image with the silk screen method. This was also around the same time when Marilyn Monroe commit suicide. Warhol then thought what better way to pay tribute to Marilyn, bring both his love of celebrities and new silk screen method together. The Shot Marilyn’s were four prints that Warhol had recently created when Dorothy Podber, Warhol’s friend and photographer spotted them in his studio. Dorothy asked if she could shoot the artworks and of course Andy said yes assuming she was going to photograph them. Dorothy then pulled out a revolver and shot the Marilyn’s in the forehead (, 2017).

Although the paintings themselves are bright and bold in colour and includes smiling happy Marilyn’s the art work is a symbol of the parochial and brutal side of American culture in the early 1960’s and can be seen as a memento mori (WideWalls, 2017).

By physically shooting the canvases does not really represent the meaning artistically but still plays a big role in the representation of the meanings and title.

Shot Marilyn consists of four canvases of Marilyn Monroe’s face and head. Each Marilyn has a different background colour, red, orange, green and blue, and the colours creating her head slightly differ in each print/painting. This use of colour plays an important role in creating emotion and moods for viewer(, 2017). Repetition is evident in the artwork and display. the artwork as a whole is balanced with even and consistent sizing and display of the paintings.

Bibliography (2017). Andy Warhol Prints of Marilyn Monroe | Blog. [online] Available at: [Accessed 4 May 2017]. (2017). Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Prints. [online] Available at: [Accessed 4 May 2017].

WideWalls. (2017). Shot Blue Marilyn – Memento Mori. [online] Available at: [Accessed 4 May 2017].



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