Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (FS II.70)’, 1970, Revolver Gallery

Based on a photograph taken by nature photographer, Patricia Caulfield, Andy Warhol’s Flowers series is one of his most desired portfolios. In this print, Flowers 70, Warhol employed calming pastel colors, which deviates from his typical employment of psychedelic, vibrant colors. The flowers are colored powder blue, honeysuckle yellow and a light orange, set against a pale pink background, with darker pink accents to distinguish the blades of grass. By cropping and slightly abstracting the image, Warhol was able to make it his own image from a “ready made” photograph and change the context. He also accomplished this by inverting the image prior to adding the colors.

Series: A departure from his previous work, Flowers represent fragility, purity and delicacy. However some believe they are also connected to Warhol’s obsession with death, which he had just shown in his Death and Disaster series. The flower in the photograph is the Mandrinette, which is a highly rare hibiscus. There is some connection to the Flower Power movement of the 1960s, when the first paintings were created. Even though Warhol was not connected to this counter culture movement, it was a large part of mainstream media that Warhol was such a fan of using in his work. Warhol’s Flowers are the only subjects that he continuously revisited throughout his entire career, in almost every medium. They also remain one of his most popular portfolios among collectors because of their simplistic imagery.

Signature: Signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated.

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