Title: Kiku FS II.308
Medium: Screenprint on Rives BFK paper
Size: 19 5/8” x 26”
Details: Edition of 300, signed and numbered in pencil.
Kiku 308 is part of a portfolio of three screenprints which features the Kiku flower. Kiku, also known as the chrysanthemum, is a Japanese flower that symbolizes the Emperor and Imperial family. In Kiku 308, the composition is fragmented into three sections by color blocks of purple, pink and blue. Warhol is able to capture the natural beauty of the flower with his use of fine detail on the petals, while continuing to imbue his characteristic pop style by layering vibrant colors to create complex color schemes from a small selection of colors.
Kiku 308 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
This series, named after the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, is comprised of three different images of the flowers, accented with blue, purple and pink. Warhol had created other works with flowers as the subject matter, however, the other prints feature abstractions of flowers. This particular series of flowers feature more naturalistic depictions. This series was commissioned in 1983 by the Gendai Hanga Center in Tokyo, Japan.