Space Fruit: Pears 203 by Andy Warhol exemplifies his modern approach to the still life genre. With its bright colors of green and pink, Warhol demonstrates more interest in the drawing’s vibrancy than its realism. His use of shadow and detailed lines on the pears gives the fruit more of a realistic quality as they become more 3-Dimensional. With the help of printer, Rubert Jasen Smith, Warhol was able to complete his Space Fruit series in 1979.
Space Fruit: Pears 203 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
This series marks a shift of Warhol’s interest from commercial products to art historical subjects. Warhol takes the same approach to his Space Fruit series as he does to his Flowers and Skulls series, taking traditional props and isolating each element in some of his most famous portfolios. The use of color and abstract composition throughout the series displays an almost cubist approach to art––taking something familiar and presenting it in a different light. Each subject in the portfolio is almost recognizable as the fruit being portrayed; however, they become more abstract and obscured throughout the series, making the viewer wonder if the subject is even fruit at all.