Some of the portraits that were done by Warhol began with Troy Donahue andWarren Beatty, and Elvis Presley. Then later on came Marilynn Monroe and JackieKennedy. There was also a series of car crash pictures done around this time.The Jackie Kennedy portraits were done very shortly after the assassination ofPresident Kennedy. They mirrored the mourning face of Jackie that was shown timeand time again in the media. There were eight different images that were alltaken from different newspapers at the time.
The number of works in this seriesis still unknown. (Crone pg 29) The car crash pictures had an extreme amount ofvariation. They ranged from having one picture to a canvas to having up totwenty on the same canvas at one time. There are many different colored picturesin this set. The most major change from one to another is the background color.It is difficult for critics to place the origination of the meaning of this setof works.
(Crone pg 29) The series involving the electric chairs has a veryserious political statement. It is a symbol of misuse of governmentalsovereignty; it has also been considered and open confession of a deficiency incultural development. (Crone) About the same time as the electric chair pictureswere being shown there were many other quite disturbing sets of pictures beingshown.
They were of race riots and many were taken directly from newspaperarticles of the Nazi Germany and Castros revolution in Cuba. (Crone pg 29)One of the last serial sets that Warhol created before moving on from paintingwas of flowers. The flowers were produced in an extreme variety of sizes andquantities. These were on display in 1964. The original flowers were taken froma women magazine. Unlike most of his earlier works, these reproductions weretouched up by hand on the screen.
These are also different in that they do notrepresent anything to Warhol. They are strictly decorative. The colors used inthe painting arent used to symbolize anything but just to bring out color indecoration. In all there were about nine hundred of the flower painting made inWarhols studio, “The Factory”. These were among the very last ofWarhols paintings, in the remainder of his life he concentrated on moviemaking. (Crone pg 30) During Warhols life his work has been controversial. Hehas become more recognized and famous after his death in 1987.
I think that hispurpose for being an artist seemed to be different from that of other artists.Im not convinced he painted and filmed for the love of the art or so much forhis purpose in doing it. I think he had a message he wanted to get across andthis was the medium through which he chose to express himself.