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Milton H. Greene – A Little Drink from the Black Sitting c. 1956


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Artist: Milton H. Greene (1922-1985)
Title: A Little Drink from the Black Sitting
Medium: Silver on Flat Black Silkscreen
Edition/Signed: 90/300, pencil signed by artist lower right
Image Size: 40.25″ x 31.25″ Frame Size: 50.75″ x 40.5″
Frame: Wood moulding with black lacquer finish, double paper mat
Condition: Both the silkscreen and frame appear to be in excellent condition with no visible damage. Print shows no fading or damage from external conditions

In 1974 when Milton was working on a Marilyn Monroe book with Norman Mailer, it became apparent that the famous “Black Sitting”, Milton shot in his NYC studio in 1956, had not been published. Many of these photographs had only been printed in fine art photography. So Milton and his son Joshua worked to make high key contrast black and white silver prints, which were in fact used as the source material for what became known as the Circle Gallery Silkscreens. There were only 5 images printed in the manor. They were limited edition of 300 silver on black with approximately 30 artist proofs and 150 black on black with approximately 5 artist proofs. All were signed by Milton H. Greene. It appears that the image became “fuzzy” and slightly distorted as the edition was printed so lower editioned numbers appear to have greater value in the marketplace.

About the Artist (Source Wikipedia):
Greene initially established himself in high fashion photography in the 1940s and 1950s. His fashion shots appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Greene then turned to portraits of celebrities. He photographed many high-profile personalities in the 1950s and 1960s, including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Sammy Davis, Jr., Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, among numerous others.[3][4]

Greene’s work with Marilyn Monroe (whom he first met after shooting her for a layout for Look in 1953) changed the course of his career. The two struck up a friendship and, when Monroe left Los Angeles to study acting with Lee Strasberg in New York City, she stayed with Greene, his wife Amy and young son Joshua in Connecticut.[5] Together with Greene, Monroe formed Marilyn Monroe Productions, a production company in an effort to gain control of her career. Greene would go on to produce Bus Stop (1956) and The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The two also collaborated on some 53 photo sessions, some of which became well known, including “The Black Sitting”. Greene’s photograph for one such sitting in 1954 featuring Monroe in a ballet tutu was chosen by Time Life as one of the three most popular images of the 20th century.[6] Monroe and Greene’s friendship ended after the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957, and Monroe fired Greene.[7]