Andy Warhol (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928–1987 New York)
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
60 3/8 x 48 1/8 x 3/4 in. (153.4 x 122.2 x 1.9 cm)
Gift of Halston, 1983
Not on view
In the weeks that followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Warhol began to collect pictures of the widowed First Lady that flooded the popular press. He had silkscreens made of his various Jackie images and, upon his move into a new studio (the first of his famous New York "Factories") on East 47th Street at the end of January 1964, began to print them on small canvases with blue- and gold-colored grounds. The close-cropped image here reproduces a moment shortly before any shots were fired, and the replication of the picture, over and over again, puts the ubiquitous coverage and public obsession with the tragic event into high relief.