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Jacqueline Kennedy II (Jackie II), 1966

Andy Warhol

American, 1928-1987
Silkscreen, Artist's Proof
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Clark
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Although several of his contemporaries were skeptical of the growing consumerism in postwar America, Andy Warhol embraced it, finding a place for the features of capitalism in both life and art. Warhol had begun his career in commercial illustration, an arena that welcomed the imbrication of art and the market, which profoundly influenced his work. Here, in one of several portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929–1994), Warhol depicts the First Lady on a visit to the site of her husband’s assassination replicating her mournful image from a photograph published in Life magazine. Rather than conveying Kennedy with the style and smile that made her one of America’s most popular icons, Warhol presents a duplicated image from the media, one that is several steps removed from the original sitter.

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