Audrey Flack (American, 1931 -)

Marilyn - 1977
Oil over acrylic on canvas
96 x 96 in (243.8 x 243.8 cm)
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson, Arizona

Text from the center of the picture:
About four or five months after she moved into the orphanage, she fell into a depressed mood. It came on during a rainy day. Rain always made her think of her father and set up a desire to wander. On the way back from school she slipped away and fled. She didn't know where she was running to and wandered aimlessly in the slashing rainstorm. A policeman found her and took her to the poilce station. She was brought back to Mrs. Dewey's office. She was changed into dry clothes. She expected to be beaten. Instead Mrs. Dewey took her in her arms and told her she was pretty. Then she powdered Norma Jean's nose and chin with a powder puff.

In 1950, Marilyn told the story of the powder puff to Sonia Wolfson, a publicity woman at 20th Century Fox and then confided. "This was the first time in my life I felt loved - no one had ever noticed my face or hair or me before".

Let us assume it even happened in some fashion. For it gives a glimpse as the powder goes on and the mirror comes up of a future artist conceiving a grand scheme in the illumination of an instant - one could paint oneself into an instrument of ones will!...Noticed my face or hair" - her properties - " or me....."

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