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The Grapes complete portfolio hanging on the wall.
Grapes 195 by Andy Warhol in frame at the gallery.
Size comparison photo of the complete Grapes portfolio by Andy Warhol hung on gallery wall next to silhouettes of Warhol abd Edie Sedgewick.

Grapes Complete Portfolio

Catalogue Title: Grapes Complete Portfolio (FS II.190-195)

Year: 1979

Size: 40″ x 30″ Each

Medium: 6 screenprints on Strathmore Bristol Paper

Edition: Edition of 50, 10 AP, 2 PP, 1 HC, signed and numbered in felt pen as follows: II.190, II.192, II.194-lower right; II.191, II.193, II.195-lower left


“How does one transform the traditional still life of grapes into a modern masterpiece? Andy Warhol’s ‘Grapes’ portfolio from 1979 provides a captivating answer, showcasing his unique approach to this classic genre.”

Andy Warhol created his Grapes portfolio in 1979, presenting repeated studies of bunches of grapes, branches, and leaves, each representing a different grape variety. The series is a significant body of work that showcases his exploration of still life portraits in the 1970s. Departing from traditional still life conventions, Warhol employs color blocking techniques and abstract elements, transforming the subject matter into visually captivating compositions.

In this print portfolio, Warhol treats the surface area with planes of realism, suggestion through hand-drawn outline, and abstraction, all in one. The vibrant screenprints, with their hand-applied colors and contrast of bright hues with dark blues and purples, transform grapes into something unfamiliar, offering a modern perspective on this classical theme. The fragmentation and dynamic compositions, featuring grapes hanging on vines, inject a sense of movement and vitality into the still life genre.

One of the significant highlights of the Grapes portfolio is the special edition with diamond dust. Experimenting with crushed glass particles, Warhol’s master printer Rupert Jasen Smith developed a process of layering the substance on top of screen prints, resulting in a unique texture and shimmer. This technique would become a recurring element in many of his subsequent print runs, such as Shoesand Myths.

The Grapes Portfolio as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Warhol’s Grapes portfolio didn’t exist in isolation. It is a piece of his exploration of the still life genre in the 1970s and ‘80s. Warhol depicted other fruits in the same year—Space Fruits—but the Grapes portfolio came from a different source of inspiration. Inspired by his earlier collaboration with French winery Chateau Mouton Rothschild in 1975, where he designed iconic labels, Warhol expanded on themes of wine and grapes as common elements in traditional still life compositions. The color palette used for the Mouton Rothschild label also finds its way into the Grapes series, creating an artistic connection between the two projects.

In the broader context of Warhol’s oeuvre, the Grapes portfolio exemplifies his ability to reimagine traditional subjects with his unique artistic vision. By merging the conventions of the genre with the aesthetics and techniques of Pop Art, Warhol challenges viewers to see the familiar in new ways. Warhol’s Grapes stand as a captivating testament to his ingenuity and artistic evolution, offering a glimpse into the mind of a visionary artist who continually pushed the boundaries of art.

The traditional Grapes complete portfolio includes FS II.190-195, and the diamond dusted special edition collection includes FS II.196A-195A.

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