Gems (F. & S. II.88)

Gems (F. & S. II.88)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1978
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 76cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

Gems (F. & S. II.88) is part of the Gems series. This series is composed of four prints, each one depicting a precious gemstone. Warhol himself was an avid jewellery collector, however his impressive jewellery collection was not discovered until after his death in 1987. The series was produced towards the end of Warhol’s career and marks his expressive turn. The experimental use of lines and colour in the print and playful approach to traditional still life drawing is characteristic of the series which contrasts with the mechanical aesthetic of his earlier work, such as the Campbell’s Soup series.

In this print, Warhol subverts traditional still life drawing with his Pop Art aesthetic. This experimentation reflects the development of his career from starting out as a freelance commercial illustrator for fashion magazines such as Glamour, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in the 1950s. In this series, Warhol returns to depicting inanimate objects, however these gemstones are significantly more glamorous than the shoes and everyday fashion accessories he started off drawing.