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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 82cm x W 101cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
The signed screen print Cantaloupes II (F. & S. II.198)by Andy Warhol is a rare example of still life from the famous portrait artist. Here, he has illuminated four cantaloupe halves from the left, casting long shadows across the picture frame towards the upper left corner. The interior flesh of each fruit stands in high contrast, but the fruits are hardly recognisable. He has overlaid aqua blue into the shadows, giving the entire composition the appearance of a collage. The pink background, contrasted with the orange and aqua of the fruits, demonstrates Warhol’s interest in experimentation with the colour wheel.
Cantaloupes II (F. & S. II.198)is perhaps the most representational of the prints in Warhol’s series Space Fruit. Unlike in other prints of the series, Warhol does not intervene with outlines and drawings, but rather leaves the texture of the flesh to stand for itself. Warhol began the series in 1977 when collaborating with fellow printmaker Rupert Jasen Smith. In this series, Warhol draws on the still-life genre, so common in the art historical canon, but brings it into the modern age, and indeed the future, with his title. Through his abstraction, colour palette, and layering of technique, Warhol offers an object common in our daily life.