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Rendered in a potentially more conventional form, Warhol’s Flowers (Hand drawn) are a collection of prints created in 1974. In this collection, Warhol takes recognisable flowers, such as roses and sunflowers, and reproduces them through a realistic lens, maintaining the subject matter in its conventional form. Warhol adds his own artistic touch through the use of abstract shadows and shading.
Warhol is known for taking everyday commercial goods and elevating them into the realm of fine art. From Brillo Boxes to Campbell's Soup Cans, Warhol challenged the criteria of what could be considered an apt subject of fine art. The inspiration for Flowers came from a similarly popular source. The collection is based on images of flowers that Warhol came across in a wallpaper catalogue. As well as being based on wallpaper designs, the flowers are reminiscent of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints which show delicately rendered flower arrangements.
Flowers (F. & S. II.118) © Andy Warhol, 1974
The collection is based on images of flowers that Warhol came across in a wallpaper catalogue. As well as being based on wallpaper designs, the flowers are reminiscent of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints which show delicately rendered flower arrangements.
Flowers (F. & S. II.114) © Andy Warhol, 1974
Using wallpaper samples and the book Interpretative Flower Designs by Mrs Raymond Rus Stolz as his source material, Warhol used an opaque projector to copy from these images and create the delicately rendered image.
Flowers (hand-coloured) © Andy Warhol, 1974
Every print in the series is unique in that they were each coloured by a studio assistant with Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolour dyes. Flowers (hand coloured) amalgamates the hand-drawn with the mass-produced, and originality with appropriation, in his use of the screen printing technique, hand-dying and the copied image through organically drawn lines.
Flowers (F. & S. II.112) © Andy Warhol