Title: Jaqueline Kennedy II (FS II.14)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper
Size: 24″x 30″
Edition: Signed and numbered edition of 200.
Jackie Kennedy 14
Andy Warhol’s Jaqueline Kennedy II shows a double print of a photograph taken of Jackie during her husbands, President John F. Kennedy, funeral.Warhol used the images of Jacqueline Kennedy, who was iconic in her own right to create a number of different pieces. In this piece he used purple paper over which he printed one image of Jack in mourning, twice.This piece along with a number of other screenprints was based on a photograph that came from the December 6, 1963 edition of Life magazine. The magazine featured images from President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and funeral. This image is a far cry from the happy and smiling first lady the American public new and loved.
Jackie Kennedy 14 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Jacqueline Kennedy was and continues to be an American icon. By using images lifted straight from Life magazine, Warhol was commenting on media frenzy. Warhol continued later in his career to comment on American society, he also used women who were icons of cinema, media or politics. During this time in his career, Warhol was making the shift from graphic artist/commercial illustrator to pop artist. Warhol used eight different images of Jacqueline Kennedy to show the story of JFK’s death. The Jacqueline Kennedy series has become almost as iconic as the Marilyn images, because she represents another side of American celebrity, and in her case, royalty.