In 1983, Andy Warhol created his Love complete portfolio, which is composed 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 suite. 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 coupled evoke deeper meaning beyond sexual intercourse. The Love complete portfolio includes FS II.310-312. Revolver Gallery is also in possession of a unique print of Love 311. The black and white print obscures the bodies of the subjects, adding a layer of sensuality to the relationship between the two figures. Warhol’s subtle purple accents in this print deepen the structure of the figures and uncover the detail behind the work to the keen observer.