- Pauline Boty 1938–1966
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1224 x 1530 x 25 mm
frame: 1236 x 1541 x 28 mm
- Purchased 1999
Pop artists were fascinated by Marilyn Monroe as the most famous of movie stars and the epitome of a new sexuality. Most responses to her were made by men, however. Boty was one of the few women artists working in this vein and perhaps that gave her a different view on Marilyn.Is the figure isolated by being squeezed between fields of abstract forms? Is the title ironic? Boty’s work was sometimes concerned with gender and sexuality and so it is ironic, that she was herself frequently discussed in terms of her appearance.
Gallery label, May 2007
Film and audio
This is Britain: The Home of British Art. Presenter Lauren Laverne picks two works from the BP British Art Displays ...
Writer and novelist Michael Bracewell discusses Pauline Boty's portrait of Marilyn Monroe
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