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Jackie

about 1964

Andy Warhol, American, 1928–1987


Dimensions

50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Accession Number

1994.87

Medium or Technique

Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Out on Loan

On display at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, June 10, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Collections

Americas , Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

The poignant images Warhol used of the grieving widow of President John F. Kennedy were taken from those disseminated in the international media. He chose various pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy, including some taken at the President's funeral, and reproduced them on small canvases. While his other compositions feature a single image screened repeatedly on one canvas, Warhol assembled individual "Jackies" to create larger works. Reflecting the tragic sadness of the time, these paintings are in sharp contrast to Warhol's first portraits of a year earlier, which feature Warren Beatty, Troy Donahue, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.

Provenance

The artist; with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; to MFA, Boston, 1994

Credit Line

Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., with additional funds donated by the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund and Barbara Fish Lee and Thomas H. Lee