- Warhol's Marilyn Monroe
- signed, titled and dated 67 on the reverse
- acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
- 16 by 13 3/8 in. 40.6 by 34 cm.
Private Collection, Paris (acquired from the above)
Artcurial, Paris, December 2, 2014, Lot 319
Acquired by the present owner from the above
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In 1965, Elaine Sturtevant approached Andy Warhol with a proposition. Warhol had all but retired from painting in order to focus more on film-making, and on holding court amongst celebrities and hipsters in his foil-lined Factory in Lower Manhattan. Sturtevant was a fledgling artist, a member of Robert Rauschenberg's entourage, an ex-prop stylist in the commercial art world and a socialite of sorts who had dinner parties in her fashionable Upper East Side townhouse.
Sturtevant requested to use Warhol's Marilyn silkscreen. She would later attest that Warhol acquiesced, and that his assistant instructed her to 'take whatever Marilyn I wanted'. She was unable to find the stencil for Marilyn in Warhol's loft... [Sturtevant]: 'I decided to find the original [Marilyn] Hollywood still, one chance in a million and I found it. I took it to Andy's silkscreen man and it was perfect. A Warhol screen from my photo which was his photo.'
Sturtevant claimed that later, when asked how he made his silkscreened works, Warhol told people to 'ask Elaine.'"
Patricia Lee, Sturtevant: Warhol Marilyn, London, 2016, pp. 19-20