Andy Warhol - Love 310
Andy Warhol - Love 310

Love 310

Catalogue Title: Love (FS II.310)

Year: 1983

Size: 26″ x 19 5/8″

Medium: Screenprint on Rives BFK paper

Edition:  Edition of 100, 10 AP, 2 PP, 5 EP. Signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 3. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith in New York and Ryoichi Ishida in Tokyo, Japan. Published by Form K.K. in Tokyo, Japan.

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Andy Warhol’s Love 310 was created as part of his Love series in 1983. The series includes three screenprints on Rives BFK paper. This print of Love 310 uses contrasting purple and yellow outlines to give depth to the feminine figure in the background photograph, presenting her standing out from the male figure posing with her, as if she is somehow in the foreground. Warhol highlights the sensuality of the photo through the attention to the figure leaning forward, drawing attention and detail to her chest that is not as evident in the overexposed background.  

Love 310 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

In 1983, Andy Warhol created his Love series, which includes a portfolio of three screenprints on Rives BFK paper. Each screen print depicts a nude couple embracing one another in a different position. The sequence of images seemingly implies a narrative, as if each image represents a different movement leading up to sexual intercourse. While the images are characterized by passion, lust and sexuality, they are not as much pornographic as they are romantic. There are explicit sexual acts depicted nor is an emphasis of naked sexual parts, as there is in Warhol’s 1978 Sex Parts series, which includes prints focalizing on sexual acts and male sex organs. His naming of this collection of prints as his Love series and his depiction of the couple’s full bodies rather than their body parts, also imply deeper meaning beyond sexual intercourse.

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