Pop Art Essay

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Pop art is anything one can think of. An artist can take a box of crackers, put the box in lighting that looks mysterious, take a picture and call it art. Pop art can be as simple or as complex as the artist chooses. Trying to explain pop art is like sitting in an English class where the teacher analyzes every object as a symbol and every word in the book has an algological meaning. We will never really know what the artist’s motives are without directly asking the artist. During the 1960’s, Andy Warhol became a famous pop artist with his loud screen prints and paintings of Marilyn Monroe and his Campbell’s soup can series (Art Story). Warhol is synonymous with the pop art movement because of his unforgettable use of loud colors and famous…show more content…
Bright and loud colors are the defining characteristics of most pop art pieces during that time. Pop artists such as Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein accompanied Warhol in this pop art movement. Johns focused on American symbols, like his Flag piece and he also uses patriotic colors; reds, whites, and blues (Art Story). Lichtenstein on the other hand remade different cartoon versions of popular cartoons, like his Popeye piece (Art Story). Warhol seemed to be influenced and influence other pop artists. Some artists during the 1960’s were often influenced with what was going on during that…show more content…
Using the silkscreen process, Warhol made over twenty different prints using the same photo of Monroe. The artwork is the same repeated photo of Monroe. Each panel has an orange background with Monroe in the center. But, Monroe is not pictured like she was in real life. Warhol used bright pink, blue and yellow to show off her infamous features. At the top of the piece, the coloring in the first panel is not as strong as the last panel. As the viewer’s eye moves down the columns of the panels, Monroe’s color gets stronger and bolder. The second half of the piece is in black and white. As the eye moves down the columns, Monroe’s picture fades, except for the second column. Monroe is almost completely filled in black in the second column. But the succeeding columns are following the fading gradient pattern. The Marilyn Diptych can be found is not on display right now, but it is owned by the Andy Warhol Foundation

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