Flowers 68 by Andy Warhol is a screenprint from one of his most popular series. It is well known and a favorite among Andy Warhol collectors. Many of Warhol’s sources of content comes from appropriated material; he would often find his imagery for his screen prints in advertisements and magazines. Based on a photograph by the nature photographer Patricia Caulfield, Warhol made prints of the hibiscus flowers with petals in contrasting colors. The vibrant and bright color combinations in these works are characteristically Warhol. The artist’s choice in cropping the image into a square format gives a unique opportunity for the piece to be viewed in varying ways.
Flowers 68 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Following Warhol’s famously censored work The Thirteen Most Wanted Men, which featured the mug shots of criminals, Warhol created the Flowers portfolio in the 1970s. Since flowers are often representative of fragility and purity, the paintings then were a drastic departure in content following the display of Thirteen Most Wanted Men. At the time Warhol created these works, the Flower Power movement was well established. While the artist himself was not a part of the movement, it was perhaps an influence in the making of these works. Warhol continued with floral imagery in his portfolios Flowers (Black and White) and Flowers (Hand-Colored).