Electric Chair (yellow), 1971
Unique screenprint on paper
paper: 35 x 47 1/2 in.
frame: 43 x 55 in.
”For years Warhol couldn’t let go of the John F. Kennedy assassination and the events surrounding it. He kept returning to the media images, especially of Jacqueline Kennedy, his series of which became some of his best known paintings. The print series was entitled ‘FLASH-November 22, 1963’ and put the day’s stunner headline, “ President Shot Dead” on the cover.
”Warhol is perhaps most famous for depicting both the glamour and tragedy of Marilyn Monroe. The actress died on 5 August, 1962 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. The news of her death inspired Warhol to create his first Marilyn silkscreen paintings and A few years later this series of silkscreen prints. He revisited the death and disaster subject of Marilyn in his retrospective series which spanned from the late 70’s through 1985.