Colour Her Gone by Pauline Boty

Having garnered relatively little critical acclaim during her short lifetime, Pauline Boty has lately come to be celebrated as one the founders of British Pop Art and as a key British artist.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £70,000)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
Mayor Gallery

Working alongside friends and contemporaries like Peter Blake, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, Boty developed a body of work centred on her celebrity, musical and political heroes such as film stars of the contemporary French ‘Nouveau Realism’ or older Hollywood films that captured her interest. This work depicts Marilyn Monroe, who fascinated Boty both as an actress and a sex symbol. She is depicted centrally in a relaxed pose wearing a plain baby blue top. The work is unusual in showing Monroe in casual clothes, contrasting in this respect with contemporary works by Peter Hamilton or Andy Warhol, which tended to reproduce far more overtly sexualised images of the star. As such, the work serves, to an extent, to subvert the male gaze.

Provenance

Private collection 2000, James Mayor 2010.

Venue details

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield Street, WOLVERHAMPTON West Midlands WV1 1DU 01902 552055 www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/

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