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Signed Print Edition of 50
H 102cm x W 76cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Printed in 1979, Grapes (F. & S. II.190) is a signed screen print in colour by Andy Warhol on Strathmore Bristol paper. The print depicts a bunch of grapes and grape leaves in an abstract and fragmented style. The grapes are rendered in bright and vibrant colours. Yellow, pink, red and green dominate the composition transforming the still life into an exciting print full of colour. The grapes are hard to discern due to the blocks of colour and Warhol’s layering technique.
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.