This piece, featuring one red, one pink and two yellow flowers over green grass, is from Andy Warhol’s Flowers
series of images. This series was a departure from using commercial packaging and branding as his inspiration, and a move away from themes of death. Warhol screenprinted an image of hibiscus flowers found in the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography magazine, reducing them to their basic outline shapes and creating a new icon of the Pop Art era. Henry Geldzahler, then curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, takes credit for showing Andy Warhol the image, suggesting it’d be a change from ‘death and disaster’.
Flowers (1 red, 1 pink, 2 yellow)
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Flowers 1964 (1 red, 1 pink, 2 yellow) Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 24 x 24 inches ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.