Title: Flowers Hand-Colored (FS II.115)
Medium:Screenprint hand-colored with Dr. Martin’s aniline
watercolor dyes on Arches paper and J. Green paper
Size:40 7/8” x 27 1/4”
Edition: Edition of 250. Portfolio of ten screenprints. Dated ’74 in pencil on verso, initialed in pencil lower right.
Hand Colored Flowers 115
In 1974, Warhol produced the Flowers (Hand-Colored) portfolio, along with the Flowers (Black and White) portfolio, based on images of flowers found in a wallpaper catalogue. The Flowers (Hand-Colored) series focuses on Warhol’s fascination with line drawings, similar to his work from the 1950s, which emphasizes outline more than composition. Warhol’s application of Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dyes instills an element of design with the free flow of colors that bleed beyond the structure of line, evoking a sense of contrast.
Hand Colored Flowers 115 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol continuously revisited the use of flowers as a subject matter throughout his entire career in almost every medium. Compared with Warhol`s Flowers series from 1970, the hand-painted and hand-drawn quality of Hand Colored Flowers 115 is decidedly a more personal, delicate approach that shows Warhol’s ability to not shy away from different methods.