Marilyn Monroe (Sunday B. Morning). Original color silkscreen, unknown year. On verso “Fill in Your Signature” stamp. These prints are made from reproductions of Warhol’s original silkscreens from 1967. They are printed on museum board with high quality archival inks just like the originals. These Sunday B Morning prints are produced with the same quality and integrity as Warhol’s original Marilyn screenprints. The only significant difference is the cost, which means everyone can enjoy a Warhol without breaking the bank.
Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Julia and Andrej Warhola, Russian immigrants from Slovakia. In 1945 he attended a commercial design course at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). After he graduated in 1949 he moved to New York and established himself as an advertisement illustrator for advertisements, at magazines such as Vogue and Glamour. While producing a series of illustrations for shoes, the printers accidentally left out the final A from his surname in the credits. He then officially changed his name to Andy Warhol in 1950. After a decade long career, he grew tired of commercial illustrations and asked gallery owner Muriel Latow for advice on how to continue his artistic career. She told him to paint what he liked most and things that everyone knows, like money and cans of soup. In the ’60s he was fascinated by a number of American celebrities: Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and others, depicting them with the silkscreen technique. The mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, with whose tragic death the artist felt he could identify with, inspired him to produce a series of prints, to which he returned in later years. In the mid-’60s he devoted himself to more serious themes, depicting a series of car collisions and other accidents and deaths. In 1963 Warhol moved to his famous study, later known as The Factory, where he created most of his art – the Flower series, self-portraits, sculptures, his own film production… The Factory soon became a center for many “super” celebrities and artists, among others the Velvet Underground band and Nico, Bob Dylan, members of the Rolling Stones, etc. Andy Warhol has a place in the history of art as a versatile artist – a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, photographer, commercial illustrator, music producer, writer and even as a model. In 1996 the Andy Warhol museum was opened in his hometown of Pittsburgh. This is reputed to be the most complete American museum dedicated to a single artist. Feminist activist Valerie Solanas made an assassination attempt on Warhol on July 3rd, 1968 and seriously wounded him with a gunshot to the abdomen, which left him in extremely poor health for the rest of his life. He died after an operation of his gallbladder in 1987.
In 1967, after the death of the most famous woman and icon of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe, Warhol began to make her even more famous. He produced what would become one of the most iconic and memorable representations of the actress, by using her portrait from the photograph taken by Gene Korman for “Niagara” movie. Once he said “Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like star.”, and ironically or not, this homage portrait become one of the most reproduced portraits in the world. The technique of silkscreen, Warhol often used, was in accordance with his artistic concept. This commercial technique allowed a large number of reproductions, and Warhol’s motto was ‘much = better’, which was a feature of consumerism. Warhol always loved women and every one of them, including Monroe, he tried to depict perfectly with all of their beauty, like in the movies, commercials, magazines, as society saw them – always with a bit of make up, there were never under eye circles, any acne, or any furrowed foreheads. There were many series of Marilyn’s portrait, and one of them was created in series of 10 variations, each with virtually the same composition, but differently colored. These original prints were published by Factory Additions and are therefore referred to as the Factory Additions version of the Marilyn suite. In the 1970s Warhol began collaborating with two friends from Belgium on a second series of prints in ten new color variations, with an idea to play on the concept of mass production. These were named “Sunday B Morning” prints and they contained “Marilyn Monroe”, “Flower”, “Soup Cans”, “Mao” and other series. These prints are recognized as authentic reproductions in “Andy Warhol’s Catalogue Raisonne”, with some of them being signed by Warhol himself using the phrase: “This is not me. Andy Warhol.” A third series was produced in 1985, and another one, after Warhol’s death, in the latte 90s, and they continue to publish, so it is actually unknown how many of these were made. All these prints are stamped with blue ink on the verso with “Fill in your signature” and published by “Sunday B. Morning”. One is for sure, these prints are made from reproductions of Warhol’s original silkscreens from 1967, with the same quality and integrity as Warhol’s original Marilyn screenprints. The only difference was that everyone can have one ‘Warhol’ now.