Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers Hand-Colored (FS II.115) by Andy Warhol ’, 1974, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers Hand-Colored (FS II.115) by Andy Warhol ’, 1974, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers Hand-Colored (FS II.115) by Andy Warhol ’, 1974, Revolver Gallery

Title:Flowers Hand-Colored (FS II.115)
Medium:Screenprint hand-colored with Dr. Martin’s aniline
watercolor dyes on Arches paper and J. Green paper
Size:40.875” x 27.25”
Edition: Edition of 250. Portfolio of ten screenprints. Dated ’74 in pencil on verso, initialed in pencil lower right.


In 1974, Warhol produced the Flowers (Hand-Colored) portfolio, along with the Flowers (Black and White) portfolio, based on images of flowers found in a wallpaper catalogue. The Flowers (Hand-Colored) series focuses on Warhol’s fascination with line drawings, similar to his work from the 1950s, which emphasizes outline more than composition. Warhol’s application of Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dyes instills an element of design with the free flow of colors that bleed beyond the structure of line, evoking a sense of contrast.


Warhol continuously revisited the use of flowers as a subject matter throughout his entire career in almost every medium. Compared with Warhol`s Flowers series from 1970, the hand-painted and hand-drawn quality of Hand Colored Flowers 115is decidedly a more personal, delicate approach that shows Warhol’s ability to not shy away from different methods.

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