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 an abstract style with bold block colours and black shading against a yellow backdrop, The heavy black shading in the composition along with the repetition achieved through the superimposition of an identical image of the grape bunch creates a lively and exciting print. At the bottom left of the print, Warhol signs his name in felt-tip pen. While the black shading dominates the print, bursts of bright colour break up the dark composition. The yellow block to the left of the print is particularly striking.
Grapes (F. & S. II.195) is one of six prints that compose the Grapes series. Each print in the series depicts a different grape variety and has a unique colour composition and layout. This series marks Warhol’s artistic turn towards the still life genre, as seen in other series such as Flowers and Gems. However, as opposed to depicting the fruits in the most realistic style possible, as is expected of the genre, Warhol subverts artistic convention by privileging his Pop Art aesthetic, abstracting the image through unexpected colours and arrangements.
The print was made using blocks of colour that are superimposed onto the grapes in the background. Hand-drawn lines and shading are used to delineate the shapes of the grapes and leaves. The contrast between the blocks of colour and gestural lines give the print a collage aesthetic in which the colours appear to be pasted on top of each other. Grapes (F. & S. II.195) exemplifies Warhol’s ingenious use of colour and love for creative experimentation.