Title: Love (FS II.312)
Medium: Screenprint on Rives BFK Paper.
Size: 26″ x 19 5/8″
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.
Love 312 by Andy Warhol was created as part of his Love series in 1983. The Love series includes three screenprints on Rives BFK paper. This print, Love (FS II.312), is characterized by two figures– a man and woman — embracing, with pink and yellow accents.
Love 312 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
In 1983, Andy Warhol created his Love series, which is compiled of three different 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 a culminating act of sexual intimacy. While the images are characterized by passion, lust and sexuality, they are not as explicitly pornographic as they are romantic. There is no particular sexual act depicted nor is there an emphasis of naked sexual parts, as there are in Warhol’s 1978 Sex Parts series. 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.