Funny story about this piece. I have never intended to ever finish this one, although many people want me to. I use it as a piece to put on my easel when people are visiting my working studio, just to show work that I can for the tour.
I really liked the pose for this one of her looking over onto Manhattan smoking a cigarette, she was very iconic and wanted to display a more natural picture. Maybe someday I will finish it up.
My favorite and most iconic piece, is that of Andy Warhol. Soon after her tragic death in 1962, Warhol made a series of paintings paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe, the actress, model, and singer who had captured America’s imagination in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. Warhol based this portrait on a publicity still from the 1953 film Niagara. He painted the background gold before silkscreening the boldly colored face in the center, adding black to show her features. Even as Warhol canonizes Monroe, he reveals her public persona as a carefully structured illusion.