RICHARD AVEDON | MARILYN MONROE
a plate from the Minneapolis Portfolio (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1970, an edition of 35), signed and editioned '8/35' in pencil in the margin, signed in ink and stamped on the reverse, 1957, printed in 1970
22⅝ by 20⅛ in. (57.5 by 51.1 cm.)
This print, on double-weight, semi-glossy paper, is in generally very good condition. The print is trimmed to the image at the upper, left, and right edges. There are long, thin vertical deposits of retouching to the left and right of the subject that have lightened somewhat over time. There is a circular impression to the left of the subject's shoulders. There is scattered, faint soiling on the reverse.
The photographer's title stamp erroneously dates this image to 1962.
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'For hours she danced and sang and flirted and did this thing that’s — she did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop. And when the night was over and the white wine was over and the dancing was over, she sat in the corner like a child, with everything gone. I saw her sitting quietly without expression on her face, and I walked towards her but I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no' (Richard Avedon Portraits, 2002, unpaginated).