Almost six years after his sellout show at the Leo Castelli Gallery where he introduced the world to his Flowers series, Warhol released a portfolio of ten screenprints simply entitled Flowers. The portfolio takes a photograph by Patricia Caulfield he had used previously and crops, abstracts, and inverts the image. In Flowers 67, there are two orange flowers, a yellow flower, and a purple flower on green grass. The hibiscus flowers are very unique for Warhol because they are delicate and represent fragility and purity. They are a huge change from his Disaster series, which he was working on prior to this. Even though it contains very different subject matter than we are used to seeing from Warhol, it is one of his most popular series, especially because of the bright, Pop colors.
Flowers 67 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
It was very common for Warhol to source material from advertisements, newspapers and magazines. For example, he found the photograph for the Flowers series in a June 1964 issue of Modern Photography. What makes this subject matter unique is that it is different from his usual commercial or mass media imagery. What is very characteristic of Warhol is the vibrant and bright color combinations used throughout the portfolio. Flowers were the only subjects that Warhol continuously revisited throughout his entire career, exploring them in a variety of mediums. After seeing the first Flower paintings, photographer Caulfield actually sued Warhol over usage of her image. Warhol tried to offer her two full portfolios in exchange, but a cash settlement was arranged instead. Because of this, Warhol began to take more photos himself and use them because he was afraid of getting sued again.