A-Level: Contemporary portraits

videos + essays

Francis Bacon, <em>Triptych – August 1972</em>
Francis Bacon, Triptych – August 1972

Coping with the death of his lover, Bacon paints figures who decompose and fuse together in front of our eyes.

Andy Warhol, <em>Gold Marilyn Monroe</em>
Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn’s floating head, garishly colored, functions as the Virgin Mary in a Byzantine icon.

Andy Warhol, <em>Marilyn Diptych</em>
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych

Warhol used a quasi-mechanical process of silkscreen to reproduce Marilyn Monroe’s familiar face again and again.