JAMES ROSENQUIST HAND SIGNED OFFSET LITHOGRAPH OF MARILYN MONROE, 1, 4.25 x 6, 1962, a colorful lithograph of the Museum of Modern Arts painting, showing fragments of Marilyn Monroe's face and her printed name. In fine condition.
James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) was an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop art movement. Drawing from his background working in sign painting, Rosenquist's pieces often explored the role of advertising and consumer culture in art and society, utilizing techniques he learned making commercial art to depict popular cultural icons and mundane everyday objects. While his works have often been compared to those from other key figures of the pop art movement, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Rosenquist's pieces were unique in the way that they often employed elements of surrealism using fragments of advertisements and cultural imagery to emphasize the overwhelming nature of ads. Time magazine stated that "his powerful graphic style and painted montages helped define the 1960s Pop Art movement."
Gripped by the suicide of screen icon Marilyn Monroe, James Rosenquist created a stylized, fragmented, and inverted portrait of Monroe interwoven and superimposed with disjointed parts of Marilyn’s name, image, and the trademark script of the Coca-Cola logo. By fragmenting Monroe’s image and combining her with another popular product, Rosenquist comments on how the late actress’s life and career had been co-opted and consumed by her superstar status.