Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (from 11 Pop Artists I), 1966
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm.)
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Andy Warhol, the leading figure of the 1960s Pop Art avant-garde movement, is now one of the most acclaimed figures of the 20th century. He was a highly skilled multidisciplinary artist, debuting as a commercial illustrator, who originated controversial and necessary conversations on the value of fine versus commercial art. Warhol was a pop culture lover, obsessed with consumer goods, celebrities and advertising, using every day subject matter to depict a portrait of the America of his time. In his artistic career, the 70s are known for his renewed interest in social events and portraitures, moving progressively away from his commercial subject matter.
This portrait of the iconic First Lady of the 1960’s is a supreme example of his fascination with fame. The artist drew great inspiration from the Kennedy family, producing a portfolio of the death of John F. Kennedy entitled Flash and a set featuring Edward Kennedy. Warhol is still one of the pivotal figures of contemporary art history and highly admired by galleries and collectors.