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Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (from 11 Pop Artists I), 1966

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Andy Warhol(American, 1928–1987)
Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I) (from 11 Pop Artists I), 1966
Screenprint on paper
  • 20.6 x 17.2 in. (52.32 x 43.69 cm.)
Signed Andy Warhol's unique stamped signature and numbered in pencil on the verso
Edition 100/200
Original Editions, New York, pub.; KMF, Inc. (Knickerbocker Machine & Foundry), New York, prntr.
Andy Warhol was profoundly affected by the assassination of President Kennedy, and Jacqueline Kennedy served as a muse as well a symbol of a national tragedy.Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I), screenprinted in silver, is the very first print he ever made of Jacqueline Kennedy, borrowing the image from photos of her that he culled from international press coverage of JFK's death. 

Warhol went on the create two more screenprints of Jacqueline Kennedy. While Jackie's changing expression amounts to a timeline of the tragedy, the metallic ink surfaces, perfectly flat and devoid of any surrounding activity, render the scenes more abstract, both formally and emotionally.  Warhol was also preoccupied in this era with works in series, and he deliberately chose to use his unique stamp signature on pieces in this era, which was his artistic statement. The work is hand numbered by Warhol. 

This now-iconic print from the 1960s, one of the most desirable eras in the history of Pop Art, is held in the permanent collections of major museums and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. It has become quite scarce and is rarely seen at auction. 

The present work was acquired as part of the complete 11 Pop Artists, Volume I portfolio, contained in the original slipcase with colophon pages. This is the very first time since 1966 that it will be separated from the original portfolio, which also contained works by Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, and others.

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