Oil Painting on Panel
8 × 8 in.
study for larger work
completed May 27, 2013

Oil painting of Marilyn Monroe in her blowing dress scene from The Seven Year Itch, brings to life the twenty-six foot statue by J. Seward Johnson Jr., on Chicago’s Pioneer Court, in Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”.

Painting is an 8 × 8 inch oil study for a larger work, by F.A. Moore, collaborating with photographer, Polly Greathouse, under written agreement.

See Polly’s work.

Marilyn in Chicago 2
by Polly Greathouse

J. Seward Johnson Jr., the sculptor, was born in 1930, and is the (allegedly disinherited) heir to the Johnson & Johnson company. He began his career as a painter, but now has over 200 life-cast bronze statues in public areas and private collections. Johnson’s site and studio web page is worth a visit. Of course, I hope you will comment on my painting, first! :D

“Forever Marilyn” was moved to Palm Springs, California, in 2012.

Polly tastefully recorded the artistic lines of the statue, in her photograph. I tightened up the composition in order to focus on the beauty of these lines, coupled with the surrounding city block and its ambient lighting.

Thank you, Polly!

2014-06-15 in Art with Meaning
2013-08-25 in Women Painters
2013-07-03 in Southern United States Artists
2013-06-06 in Painters Academics


  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 1 year ago

    This is absolutely brilliant Frannie, beautiful work! If this is just the small study, I am very excited to see what you do next, because to me, this is a beautiful finished work in itself, that I would think would be much sought after, you have captured her essence in your lines and colourwork, her pose, it’s all perfect to me….. very romantic too, the lighting suggests evening so well, I love the soft glow of gold on white. Superb. x

  • I did put a lot of work into the study, Karin. And it’s true that it’s a stand-alone. But I asked Polly if I might do a larger work, based on this smaller “study”, and she agreed. I’m so pleased about that. Everything went perfectly on this piece from the very beginning, including the lighting. I was fortunate. Thanks for brilliant review!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    What a great image Frannie, I’ve seen the movie and actually seen the statue in Chicago, and I love your profile view of Ms Monroe. I’m with Karin on believing this is a finished work.

  • Thanks, Jim! It is a finished work, definitely. But it is also a study for a contemplated larger work that I’m now very enthused to do. I appreciate your note!

    – F.A. Moore

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Please see credit for Polly Greathouse photograph on the description page. Thanks, Polly!

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Julie, I appreciate your acknowledgement. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynneover 1 year ago

    Frannie, this is a gorgeous study and I am so glad you will paint it on the large scale too. Great contrast and overall palette…and yes… she is beautifully lighted. I was surprised by the size, it definitely leaves impression of large canvas. Bravo, Frannie, fabulous translation of Polly’s photograph!

  • It was a great first experience with a cityscape, Lana. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity. Thanks for your wonderful remarks.

    – F.A. Moore

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 1 year ago

    simply fantastic!

  • That’s awesome to hear, Tereza. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work Frannie. Love it. :o)

  • So happy to hear it, Bunny! Many thanks!

    – F.A. Moore

  • ArtPearl
    ArtPearlover 1 year ago

    She looks very much alive and very vibrant in your painting. It will be interesting to compare to your larger version!

  • When I was painting her, I was thinking she was alive. LOL. No doubt they will be different from each other; but I’d love to achieve some of the same effect. Thank you, Pnina!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Brilliant Frannie, just brilliant! The light you captured is phenomenal! Love love love the bright yellow and golden tones of her dress and skin against the muted greens of the city!

  • Joanne, how delightful to read your thoughts on this piece. That’s exciting. Thank you so much for stopping in. It’s so good to see your comment; like old times. What may be more exciting is that I have cobbled together 12 scans of my canvas based on your Snow Squall; that is Snowdown in Quebec. Drama under foot..

    – F.A. Moore

  • Polly Greathouse
    Polly Greathouseover 1 year ago

    magnifique!!! Your interpretation and sparkle to this Marilyn is brill : ) Thanks so much for including my photo in your artistic journey : ) : ) : )

  • Marilyn in Chicago 2
    by Polly Greathouse

    Polly, here is your photograph, again, my reference. Thank you very much for your support. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece.

    – F.A. Moore

  • …And, thanks for your magnificent comment on the work, too!

    – F.A. Moore

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