Michael Bracewell on ‘The Only Blonde in the World’

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Pauline Boty is little known outside the art world but in the early sixties she was one of the hottest talents on the London Pop art scene, a contemporary of David Hockney and Peter Blake. She died from cancer in 1966 at the age of just 28, and her work was stored away in a barn and largely forgotten. In the last decade her paintings have begun to be shown again, and in 1999 Tate bought The Only Blonde in the World, her portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Michael Bracewell discusses the life and work of Britain’s first female Pop artist.