LOT 044

1928 - 1987

Flowers (F. & S. II.65)
screenprint on paper, 1970
on verso signed and editioned 107/250
36 x 36 in, 91.4 x 91.4 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

Sold for: $52,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellman, editors, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1962 - 1987, 4th edition, 2003, reproduced page 76, catalogue #II.65

This vibrant image, from a portfolio of ten screenprints, was adapted by Andy Warhol from a photograph of hibiscus flowers by Patricia Caulfield. Warhol was fascinated by repeated images, and he used the same template while varying the hues of the flowers and the background in each print in the edition. The Flowers prints show Warhol’s affinity for design and his roots in advertising through his simplification of the image for greatest impact. At the time they were produced, the Flowers screenprints were considered a departure from his images referring to mass culture and brands, such as his Campbell’s Soup series. A flower is timeless and simple - but Warhol also had his finger on the pulse of popular culture, and this image, with its saturated, almost psychedelic intensity of colour, has an association with the Flower Power movement of the 1960s. These Flowers are not just emissaries of nature, but are Pop Art icons.

This edition consists of 250 screenprints signed in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some are dated. There are 26 Artist’s Proofs signed and lettered A to Z in ballpoint pen on verso. The printer was Aetna Silkscreen Products Inc., and the edition was published by Factory Additions, both in New York.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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