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Classics Auction. Here is the story behind the famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

00:05  23 march  2022
00:05  23 march  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Alex Rotter, président de Christie’s pour l’art des XXᵉ et XXIᵉ siècles, annonce la vente aux enchères du tableau de 1964 Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, d’Andy Warhol, à New York, aux États-Unis. © Photo: Justin Lane EPA-EFE Alex Rotter, President of Christie's for the art of XXᵉ and XXIᵉ centuries, announces the auction of the 1964 table auction Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, Andy Warhol, New York, the United States.

The Christie's house will sell at May 2022 the famous brightly colored portrait on Marilyn Monroe's blue background by Andy Warhol in 1964, two years after the death of the Hollywood star. Here is the story behind this world famous picture, estimated at $ 200 million.

In May 2022, the very famous brightly colored portrait on Marilyn Monroe's blue background, titled Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, executed in 1964 by Andy Warhol, will be sold by the Christie's house, which dominates with Sotheby's new market -york in the United States and the global auction market. Christie's made the announcement, Monday, March 21, 2022.

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This estimated sale of $ 200 million from the painting that belonged to the Zurich Foundation of Thomas and Doris Ammann "will make this most expensive artwork of the twentieth century ever Sold at auction ", according to a statement by Christie's. Here is the story behind this world famous portrait.

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a portrait made two years after the death of Marilyn Monroe

while she is an international star, the Hollywood Marilyn Monroe actress is found Dead of an overdose of barbiturates, just 36 years, on August 5, 1962. She had become a sex-symbol, embodying the feminine seduction and beauty, while she aspired to be also recognized for her actress talent and his intelligence.

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His tragic destiny does not fail to interest Andy Warhol. Indeed, "success, consumption and death are precisely the recurring themes of Andy Warhol's work," recalls the Catawiki website, an online auction platform. Naturally, the American artist turns to the immense star of the recently deceased cinema.

Indeed, it's two years after the death of Marilyn Monroe that the American artist Andy Warhol, leader of pop-art, movement born in the mid-1950s in Great Britain, realizes the portrait of the star. "Highlighting famous people has become one of the characteristics of the pop-art movement in the 1960s," says the Catawiki website. It is actually an acer comment on the obsession of mass media with the cult of celebrity. The online sales site of tables loftytrend advances on his side that Andy Warhol was "fascinated by Marilyn Monroe and that he had used his image to criticize himself, for he was looking for the same celebrity and the same notoriety. "

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Still that Warhol turns to screen printing, a printing process that serves to reproduce posters or images in the advertising or commercial field, to represent the actress. This technique allows him to make a simplified image, which keeps only his main features and to reproduce it mechanically as many times as he wishes.

instead of drawing or painting the face of the Hollywood star, Warhol chose an image he knew already known from everyone: a black and white photo of the promotion of the Movie Niagara in which Marilyn had played in 1953 .

Funerary commemoration

The Philosopher Georges Collins explains on France Culture that "this painting would embody an endless work of mourning, one could almost say a funeral commemoration".

The work would indeed be an evocation of the death of Marilyn Monroe, whose face is freely freezed before fade. This portrait alludes to Marilyn's personal drama, prisoner of his own image.

This work offers the actress its last role and could allow it to be a new place in history, if this table of the 20th century which represents it is the most expensive ever sold at auction.

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