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Grapes (F. & S. II.190)

Grapes (F. & S. II.190)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1979
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 102cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Grapes (F. & S. II.190) is part of the Grapes series. This series, produced late in Warhol’s career, is composed of six prints, each depicting a different variety of grape in a unique composition. The Grapes series captures Warhol’s appropriation of the still life genre. Warhol takes a traditional still life subject- fruit – and subverts expectations by depicting the grapes in unconventional colours and with a fragmented style. This is seen in Warhol’s other series from the 1970s such as Gems and Diamond Dust Shoes.

Using geometric blocks of bright colour, Warhol emphasises the two-dimensionality of the print, countering the realist conventions of the still life genre. Grapes (F. & S. II.190) also captures Warhol’s increased incorporation of hand-drawn lines into his compositions. Black gestural lines and shading delineate the shapes of the grapes and leaves. Warhol’s creative use of vibrant colour gives the print a college-like aesthetic, reflecting his love for colour and experimentation.