Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Flowers

signed and dated 'ANDY WARHOL 64' (on the reverse of the yellow and orange panels)

triptych—synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas

each: 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 cm.)

overall: 8 x 24 in. (20.3 x 61 cm.)

Painted in 1964.

Signature: triptych—synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas

New York, Gagosian Gallery, Warhol from the Sonnabend Collection, January-February 2009, p. 91 (illustrated in color).

New York, Eykyn Maclean, Andy Warhol Flowers, November-December 2012, n.p., no. 42 (illustrated in color).

G. Frei and N. Printz, eds., The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculptures 1961-1963, New York, 2004, vol. 02B, pp. 81-83 and 117-118, nos. 1577, 1585 and 1588 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above 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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York