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Andy Warhol’s fascination with the features and shape of women’s lips can  be  traced  back  to  his  earliest  personal  work in  addition  to his work as a commercial illustrator. It flourished in his most iconic works of  Marilyn  Monroe,  Elizabeth  Taylor,  and  even  Chairman  Mao,  where Warhol  would  highlight  his  subjects’  lips,  outlining  and  coloring  each pair of lips in ways that made them the focal point of each painting. As if to prove this point, in 1962 he made the painting “Marilyn’s Lips”–a diptych that isolated and repeated MarilynMonroe’s lips 168 times. The painting  is  now  in  the  collection  of  the  Hirshhorn  Museum and Sculpture Garden.