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Image of Jacqueline Kennedy III

Andy Warhol
American, 1928–1987
KMF, Inc. (aka Knickerbocker Machine & Foundry, Inc.)
American

Jacqueline Kennedy III

1966

Object Type: Print
Dimensions:
40 1/4 in. x 30 1/4 in. (102.24 cm x 76.84 cm)
Medium and Support: Screen print on paper
Accession Number: 1979.0002.0001

Credit Line: Anonymous gift

Currently On View
Copyright: © Andy Warhol Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Andy Warhol is one of the artists most closely associated with the American Pop movement for his utilization of images found in popular culture and in the media as the basis of his work. For example, Warhol created "Jacqueline Kennedy III," after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, an event that saturated the media. Warhol noted all of the coverage, stating, "What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing."

In particular, Warhol found images portraying Kennedy’s widow Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy fascinating. Culling many of these images from print media he embarked on a series of works featuring the first lady. In the silkscreen "Jacqueline Kennedy III," Warhol juxtaposes four different photographs: one taken at JFK's funeral; one of Jackie standing with a soldier taken from the cover of the December 6, 1963 issue of "Life Magazine"; one as she witnesses Lyndon B. Johnson take the oath of office; and a smiling Jackie taken during the motorcade just prior to the shooting. Warhol's use of simple repetition examines not only the numbing aspects of a visual assault of images in the media but also the elevation of Jackie Kennedy to a media icon.

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