Marilyn. 1967. Silkscreen in colors. Feldmann/Schellmann/Defendi II. 31. Verso signed and with stamped number. From an edition of 250 copies. On light smooth board. 91.5 x 91.5 cm (36 x 36 in), the full sheet. Printed by Aetna Silkscreen Products, Inc., New York. Published by Factory Additions, New York.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Rhineland. Private collection Germany (acquired from the aforementioned in the 1970s).
â€œWarhol used a shot from the film â€œNiagaraâ€œ from 1953 for the Marilyn series [â€¦]. Warholâ€˜s portrait documents the origin of a legend. It shows how the primary sense of portrait photography, that is the exact illustration of people superimposed and deformed by a secondary sense that sees something different in the depicted person: the perfect creature, fulfillment of sexual desire, the embodiment of the American dream and so on. And it shows â€“ and this is just where the legend begins. Even though the secondary sense may be projection, it is a â€œtrue imageâ€œ, for it is anchored in the â€œrealityâ€œ of a real person. The Marilyns are fictitious and real at the same time, they show a being that is above man and yet is one of them.â€œ (Michael LÃ¼thy, in: Andy Warhol. Thirty are better than none, Frankfurt am Main 1995, pp. 51 ff).