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Art Within Art- Mao by Andy Warhol

woman looking up to a portrait of Mao by Andy Warhol

G. Boersma
acrylics on masonite
6" x 6" or 15 x 15 cm

The last museum scene this week is of a woman enjoying a portrait of Mao by Andy Warhol.

This silk-screen portrait of the Chinese leader was made in many versions. It is one of the series of silk-screens that Warhol made on the subject of fame which began with the portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

Her tragic death in 1962 led him to contemplation of what it meant to be famous and what it could possibly be worth. His attitude towards the Chinese regime is evident in the additional brushstrokes which looks a bit like graffiti to me.

kind regards, Gerard