Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit Pears (FS II.203) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit Pears (FS II.203) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit Pears (FS II.203) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Space Fruit Pears (FS II.203) ’, 1979, Revolver Gallery

Title: Space Fruit: Pears 203
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: Pears 203 for his 1979 portfolio Space Fruit: Still Lifes with the help of printer Rupert Jasen Smith. Space Fruit Pears 203 is a pop art depiction of a still life consisting of fruit. Through the use of bright colors, Warhol demonstrates more interest in the drawings vibrancy than its realism. However, his use of shadows and detailed lines gives the fruit a more realistic quality. Warhol is known to manipulate the compositions of the subjects in his art works as seen in his Space Fruit portfolio. In Space Fruit: Pears, Andy Warhol uses a vibrant pink background with light green color blocking to create the shape of the pears, and accentuates the details with grey lines and shadows.
Space Fruit: Pears demonstrates how Andy Warhol put a pop art twist on traditional forms of art to deliver the viewer something more unexpected.

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York