Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (FS II.6)’, 1964, Revolver Gallery

Flowers 6 by Andy Warhol was the first print that Warhol published for his Flowers series. It was published to coincide with a Warhol exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York that occurred from November 21 through December 17, 1964. The print came from a photo by nature photographer Patricia Caulfield that was found in the June issue of Modern Photography. Like in many of his works, Warhol appropriated an image, cropped and abstracted it and then played around with the colors. The exhibition that this print was created for featured 7 monumental-scale paintings featuring the same subject. The show was a sell-out even though it was such a departure from Warhol’s standard subject matter. This particular Flower print features two pink flowers, a yellow flower and an orange flower on green grass. The photograph was of Mandrinette, which is a highly rare hibiscus flower.

Signature: Signed and dated ’64 in pen lower right; some singed in pencil.

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