Printed in 1979, Grapes (F. & S. II.194) is a signed screen print in colour by Andy Warhol on Strathmore Bristol paper. The print depicts a bunch of grapes and grape leaves rendered in various cool blue hues and different shades of green. Attention is drawn towards the teal-coloured grapes which dominate the centre of the composition.
Grapes (F. & S. II.193) is part of the Grapes series, composed of six prints, each depicting a different kind of grape in a unique colour composition and arrangement. This series marks Warhol’s turn towards the still life genre which characterised many of the prints he produced in the 1970s, such as the Gems and Diamond Dust Shoes series. The colours in this print are less warm than the others in the series, with Warhol privileging cool blues and greens over bold and warm reds and pinks. In the Grapes series Warhol subverts the still life genre by disregarding realism and depicting the grapes in a fragmented and abstract manner.
The print was made using geometric blocks of colour and using black gestural lines to delineate the shapes of the grapes and leaves over the coloured blocks. This technique brings a collage-like feel to the print, animating the still life and making it more dynamic. Warhol’s hand-drawn lines have become a trademark of his print style, especially in his later works. The lines add a sketch-like quality to the print, which harks back to Warhol’s early career as a freelance illustrator in the 1950s in which he drew illustrations for famous fashion magazines such as Glamour, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.