Jackie Kennedy 14 - Andy Warhol

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Title: Jaqueline Kennedy II (Jackie II) (FS II.14)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper
Year: 1966
Size: 24″x 30″
Edition: 200, 50 numbered in Roman numerals, signed with a rubber stamp and numbered in pencil on verso. Published in the portfolio 11 Pop Artists II, containing works by eleven artists.

Jacqueline Kennedy II 14

Andy Warhol’s Jaqueline Kennedy II presents a double print of a photograph taken of Jackie during her husband, President John F. Kennedy’s 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 onto which he printed a duplicated image of Jackie in mourning. 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 knew and loved.

Jacqueline Kennedy II 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 using images of 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 the American celebrity, which is, in her case, royalty.

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