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Andy Warhol Grapes 193

Grapes 193

Catalogue Title: Grapes (FS II.193)

Year: 1979

Size: 40″ x 30″

Medium: Portfolio of Six screenprints on Strathmore Bristol Paper

Edition: Edition of 50, 10 AP, 2 PP, 1 HC, signed and numbered in felt pen lower left.


Grapes 193 by Andy Warhol is a remarkable screen print from the Grapes series, published in 1979. This captivating reimagining of the traditional still life genre features a bunch of grapes and grape leaves rendered in an array of cool blue hues and varying shades of green. The teal-colored grapes stand out as the focal point, commanding attention at the center of the composition.

As part of the Grapes series, which comprises six prints, each depicting a different type of grape in a distinct color arrangement, this artwork leans towards cooler tones. Warhol favors tranquil blues and soothing greens over bold and warm reds and pinks in this artwork, further contributing to its unique aesthetic. Warhol expertly captures a luscious bunch of grapes and leaves hanging from the vine in minty and forest green blocks of color among a delicate sky blue backdrop, with bright pea-green blocks of color injecting a touch of Pop Art excitement into the otherwise serene palette.

The print’s creation involves employing geometric blocks of color and utilizing black gestural lines to define the shapes of the grapes and leaves against the colored background. This collage-like technique infuses the still life with movement and dynamism, reinvigorating the subject matter. Warhol’s hand-drawn lines, a distinctive feature of his print style, add a sketch-like quality to the artwork and recall his early career as a freelance illustrator for renowned fashion magazines such as Glamour, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Warhol’s unconventional approach to still life compositions is evident in this print, as he explores the interplay of color and shape to transform these familiar objects into visually intriguing works of art. Departing from traditional realism, Warhol infuses the grapes with an abstract and fragmented quality, presenting a fresh and vibrant perspective on this classical theme.

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