I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever is a signed, double-page lithograph print produced by the renowned Pop artist Andy Warhol in 1962. The print comes in an edition size of 2500 and shows the lips of the American actor, Marilyn Monroe, printed five times across the composition in a range of bright and bold colours. Warhol layers the printed lips over one another slightly, creating a haphazard and abstract composition.
The source image used in this print is the same image that Warhol used for his later paintings and screen prints of the iconic star. Monroe’s mouth is slightly parted to emphasise her full lips and white teeth. The image is sensual and erotic yet the isolated body part has a haunting air to it.
I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever was made ahead of Warhol’s notable collection of lithograph prints of Marilyn Monroe which the artist produced in 1967. The prints in this series show portraits of Monroe rendered in Warhol’s signature Pop Art style, characterised by his use of the screen printing technique and bright and bold, contrasting colours which are layered over one another. By isolating Monroe’s mouth in I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever, the mouth becomes a disembodied symbol of the star and a reproducible commodity. I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever and the other prints in the Marilyn collection were made by Warhol in response to the actor’s tragic death in 1962 and can be seen as a homage to her talent and influence over American popular culture.