I have a soft spot for Marilyn Monroe. It's not that I particularly love her movies or that she embodies what I like about vintage or the past, but the innocence and insecurity she tried so hard to hide is so touching to me.
I've always been perplexed by how easily child-like innocence is misunderstood as stupidity. The world is harder for people who are trusting, but being able to trust despite the hardness of that world is so beautiful.
Anyway, it recently dawned on me that there are many, many photos of Marilyn reading; Reading Joyce's Ulysses, reading about Goya, reading scripts, reading newspapers, reading paperback pulp, reading in libraries, reading under trees.
I'm sure that some of these were posed, but I'm also sure that many of them were glimpses of Marilyn's curiosity caught on camera.
These are my favorite photos of Marilyn Monroe.
I hope you all had a lovely Monday! More paintings and artist statement for Depending coming soon.