Jacqueline Kennedy III (F. & S. II.15), is a screen print from Andy Warhol’s Jackie Kennedy series from 1965. The print shows a set of four press photographs of Kennedy, that Warhol had collected in the months following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, left largely untouched by the artist in their Original, grainy black and white form.
Warhol was famed for depicting historical events by appropriating mass-media images, enlarging them, adding colour and thus elevating these images to the realm of high art. His depictions of Jackie Kennedy, following the assassination of her husband President John F Kennedy, are one of the earliest examples of this kind of subject in the artist’s oeuvre.Apparently unmoved by the event itself, Warhol was more interested in the images of the grieving Jackie Kennedy, that were widely represented in newspapers at the time.
Jacqueline Kennedy III (F. & S. II.15) shows iconic photographs of Kennedy just before and after the death of her husband and Warhol has chosen to tightly crop them around her face. The changing expressions create a narrative timeline of the tragic event however Warhol contradicts this with his rendering of stark contrasts, flattened form and removal of the photograph’s contexts to produce a more abstract print, both in its appearance and moral weight.