Marilyn Monroe, Ms. L.A. Press Club, 1948, is an archival print from an original painting produced by Lyle Suter at his art studio in the backyard of the Suter home in Los Angeles, CA in 1966. The painting was produced for the annual beauty contest of the Los Angeles Press Club because Ms. Monroe was their first winner in 1948.
Mr. Suter’s captures the sensual yet sad soul of Ms. Monroe in her facial expression in this painting. He was assisted in doing so with black and white photos of her provided by 20th Century Fox. These photos can be seen along with different views of the painting in the Marilyn Monroe exhibit in the Lyle Suter Art Museum under Professional Artist. As museum visitors will see, in the original painting Ms. Monroe was topless and later covered.
Mr. Suter painted Ms. Monroe in the attire of a Gay 90s saloon entertainment. “The Gay Nineties is an American nostalgic term about period of the history of the United States referring to the decade of the 1890s.” (Wikipedia)