Hand And Flowers is a lithograph print made by the renowned artist, Andy Warhol, in 1957. The delicate composition shows a black and white illustration of a hand which is holding the stem of a flowering plant. The stem of the plant is rendered in a bold red which contrasts with the white backdrop and thin black lines.
Hand And Flowers resonates strongly with many of Warhol’s early illustrations from the 1950s. After moving to New York in 1949, Warhol worked as a freelance illustrator for various commercial brands. The artist produced drawings of clothes, shoes and handbags for a number of popular fashion magazines like Vogue, Glamour Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. It was during this period that Warhol honed his excellent draughtsmanship skills, appreciation of colour and innovative approach to composition, which shines through in this print and many of his other drawings.
Hand And Flowers is an elegant print which is much more simple than many of Warhol’s more abstract still life drawings. The print can be seen alongside Warhol’s collection of screen prints, Flowers (Hand-Coloured) which the artist made later in 1974. This collection is similarly marked by a use of thin gestural lines, simple colours and a minimalist composition.