Title: Flowers (FS II.70)
Medium: Screenprint on Paper.
Size: 36” x 36”
Edition: Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated. Portfolio of 10.
Based on a photograph taken by nature photographer, Patricia Caulfield, Andy Warhol’s Flowers series is one of his most desired portfolios. In this print, Flowers 70, Warhol employed calming pastel colors, which deviates from his typical employment of psychedelic, vibrant colors. The flowers are colored powder blue, honeysuckle yellow and a light orange, set against a pale pink background, with darker pink accents to distinguish the blades of grass. By cropping and slightly abstracting the image, Warhol was able to make it his own image from a “ready made” photograph and change the context. He also accomplished this by inverting the image prior to adding the colors.
Flowers 70 As a Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work:
A departure from his previous work, Flowers represent fragility, purity and delicacy. However some believe they are also connected to Warhol’s obsession with death, which he had just shown in his Death and Disaster series. The flower in the photograph is the Mandrinette, which is a highly rare hibiscus. There is some connection to the Flower Power movement of the 1960s, when the first paintings were created. Even though Warhol was not connected to this counter culture movement, it was a large part of mainstream media that Warhol was such a fan of using in his work. Warhol’s Flowers are the only subjects that he continuously revisited throughout his entire career, in almost every medium. They also remain one of his most popular portfolios among collectors because of their simplistic imagery.