Grapes 193 is a part of Andy Warhol’s 1979 portfolio in which he created six variations of grapes. This print is the fourth of six and is characterized by cool blue hues, setting it apart from the other prints whose compositions include warmer colors. Where past artists were interested in depicting a scene of various fruits in the most realistic light possible, Warhol implemented his own style by abstracting the image by imposing several blocks of color. For Grapes 193, Warhol uses different shades of greens and blue, which surround the teal-colored grapes. Warhol also incorporates his signature hand-drawn lines, which impose a sketch-like quality to the lines that delineate the subject.
Grapes 193 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Warhol’s Grapes series was a part of the several still life portraits he began to produce in the 1970s. He also produced a special edition Grapes series with diamond dust. For his still lifes, he used traditional, everyday objects such as fruits and flowers. The Grapes portfolio shows great similarity to the Gems portfolio, both through the use of color and composition to give still life a pop art edge. Along with the increase of still life production, Warhol also began to incorporate more hand drawn lines into his compositions.