Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit: Peaches (FS II.202) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit: Peaches (FS II.202) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit: Peaches (FS II.202) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery

Title: Space Fruit: Peaches 202
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1979
Size: 30” x 40”
Details: Edition of 150, signed and numbered in felt pen. Portfolio of 6.

Andy Warhol created Space Fruit Peaches 202 for his Space Fruit portfolio that he completed in 1979 with the help of printer Rupert Jasen Smith. Warhol was inspired by the study of still life compositions that included fruits, vegetables, glasses of water and insects. Warhol reimagines the traditional depiction of still life by using numerous bright, contrasting, and complementing colors to create a three-dimensional look. The pop artist took much interest in achieving a perfect shadow composition, which is evident in this particular work as he creates the fruits’ shadows with black, purple and turquoise shading. While Warhol’s quick detailed lines give the fruit its shape, it is the shading that gives the fruit its texture, which ultimately allows one to recognize the fruit as peaches. Andy Warhol created this Space Fruit: Peaches by placing the fruit on a white background, then lighting the background at specific angles to cast arbitrary shadows that he photographed.

Series: Space Fruit: Still Lifes, 1979

Signature: Signed and numbered in felt pen.

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