Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on linen, in two parts

each: 22 x 22 in. (55.9 x 55.9 cm.)

overall: 22 x 44 in. (55.9 x 111.7 cm.)

Painted in 1965.

Signature: synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on linen, in two parts

New York, Elkyn Maclean, Andy Warhol Flowers, November-December 2012, no. 23 (illustrated in color).

G. Frei and N. Printz (eds.), _The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculptures, 1964-1969,_vol. 2B, New York, 2004, pp. 50 and 56-57, no. 1505 (illustrated in color) and no. 1502 (illustrated in color).

Left Panel:

Ileana Sonnabend, Paris

Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin

Galleria Bertesca, Genoa

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, New York

By descent to the present owner

Right Panel:

Paul Warhola Family, acquired directly from the artist

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 4 November 1987, lot 222

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, New York, acquired at the above sale

By descent to the present owner

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States