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Andy Warhol
Flowers (FS II.66)

1970

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About

Almost six years after his sellout show at the Leo Castelli Gallery where he introduced the world to his Flowers series, Warhol released a portfolio of ten screenprints simply entitled “Flowers.” The portfolio takes the photograph by Patricia Caulfield he had used previously, and he crops, abstracts and inverts the image. The only difference between the prints is the colors used. In this print, there are two orange flowers, a yellow flower, and a purple flower on green grass. The hibiscus flowers are very unique for Warhol because they are delicate and represent fragility and purity. They are a huge change from his Disaster series, which he was working on prior to this. Even though these are a very different subject matter than we are used to seeing from Warhol, they are one of his most popular series, especially because of the bright, pop colors. FLOWERS 67 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK: It was very common for Warhol to source material from advertisements, newspapers and magazines. He found the photograph for this in a June 1964 issue of Popular Photography. What makes this subject matter unique is that it is different from his usual commercial or mass media imagery. What is very characteristic of Warhol is the vibrant and bright color combinations used throughout the portfolio. Flowers were the only subjects that Warhol continuously revisited throughout his entire career, exploring them in a variety of mediums. After seeing the first Flower paintings, Caulfield actually sued Warhol over usage of her image. Warhol tried to offer her two full portfolios in exchange, but a cash settlement was arranged instead. Because of this, Warhol began to take more photos himself and use them because he was afraid of getting sued again.

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  • Artist
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1970
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Gallery Location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2636871712

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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