Andy Warhol's 'marilyn' And Its Influence On Fashion

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On August 6 1928 Andrew Warhola was born in Pittsburgh. His mother and father were Carpatho- Rusyn immigrants from East Slovakia. When he was just 9 years old Andy developed an interest in photography. He also started taking violin lessons but quit as he didn’t like his teacher. Between 1937 and 1941 he attended free art classes at the Carnegie Institute of technology. When Andy was diagnosed with Sydenham’s chorea and had to stay at home for more than two months. At this time his mother encouraged his interests in art and comics. When he was eleven he began collecting photos of movie stars and kept them in a scrapbook. In 1949, after graduating from Carnegie Tech, he moved to New York City. ...view middle of the document...

Although at the times when he was restricted to bed, he drew, listened to the radio and created a collection of pictures of movie stars around his bed. Warhol later went on to describe this period as very important in the development of his personality, skill-set and preferences. Throughout the 1950s, he gained fame for his quirky ink drawings of shoe advertisements. These were done using the blotted line technique, and featured in some of his earliest showings at the Bodley Gallery in New York. It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to paint iconic American products such as Campbell's Soup Cans and Coca-Cola bottles, as well as paintings of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and Elizabeth Taylor, which he showed interest of from a young age. He also opened “The Factory," his studio for these years, and draped himself around a wide variety of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities. He began producing prints using the silk-screen method. His work became popular and controversial and Pop Art wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for his pictures.

The one piece of artwork that comes into my head when I think of Andy Warhol is the very famous Marilyn. The reason being is that today it has influenced everything from fashion to interior design. To me Warhol’s view of Monroe after her death is the way that she was seen all over the world, beautiful. It could be the perfect way to tribute her after her death and keep her memory alive. For me Warhol took the fame of Monroe and made it bigger by creating the image. However by duplicating the image known to millions, Warhol almost damaged the uniqueness and realism characteristic of the traditional portrait. So he presented Monroe as a much reproducible image. However this could be seen as not a way to show her as un-unique but to show her constant presence in the media.
I also think the use of bright colours is a good for showing the fun, brightness to Monroe’s personality however I think that his chosen photograph to print doesn’t show Monroe as the fun and sex symbol she was. I think it shows her a more serious type instead of the fun loving character she was, in which she brought out in the ‘dumb blonde’ persona she used to be...

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