Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), American
FLOWERS, 1964 [FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN, II.6]
Colour offset lithograph on wove paper; signed and dated “65” in black ink to margin. Printed by Total Color, New York. Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York for the Andy Warhol exhibition held at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York in 1964.
Sheet 23" x 23" — 58.4 x 58.4 cm.
Warhol’s Flowers, 1964 played a pivotal role in the artist’s career, representing a shift from his traditional themes of commercialism and branding in favour of the natural world.
Four nondescript, brightly coloured flowers playfully balance the lush bed of green grass in the background. The graphic also expresses the cross section between nature and the mechanized process for which Warhol elevated the silkscreen printing method as fine art. Influenced by a photograph of hibiscus in the 1964 issue of “Modern Photography” the artist’s interest in flowers also spoke to the intersection between floral elements and fashion – an interest that still persists in both creative spheres today.
Private Collection, Montreal