The immaculate conception of Andy Warhol's women. First there was Marilyn, then Liz, then Jackie.

Silkscreen/Serigraph carrying Signature: Artist's stamp.

 

In 1974, Andy Warhol started painting Bardot. Warhol's Bardot has a green face and red lips. Her cheeks are perfect, her hair is a tangle of silkscreen shadows. Warhol made his portrait using a 1959 photograph by Richard Avedon, of Bardot in her youth; the original paintings themselves date from 1974, soon after the star of French 1960s cinema announced her retirement. The strong, raw colours, dark shadows and garish lipstick ooze the 70s: these are manifestly paintings from the decadent era of Roman Polanski and Exile on Main Street. So, while the woman in the picture has not aged, has remained frozen in perfect cinematic beauty, the world has got older, saggier, more corrupt. By retiring from the screen, Bardot preserved her young image for posterity: this Bardot will not grow old, even if time moves on. Loss haunts the black shadows of Warhol's paintings.

 

Image Dimensions: 91cm × 91cm 

Frame Dimensions: 97cm x 97cm

 

Expertly framed in a black solid wood.

 

 

 

 

Andy Warhol: Brigitte Bardot, 1974. Andy Warhol Foundation

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