ANDY WARHOL "HAND COLORED FLOWERS" SCREENPRINT, 1974
Flowers, despite their association with feminine decoration, are a surprisingly important reoccurring motif in Andy Warhol's oeuvre.
From 1964 through 1970 Warhol realized his iconic four-flower motif, based on a group of Hibiscus, in a never-ending combination of colors, sizes and resolutions.
He curiously returned to the subject in 1974 with a subtle, almost abstract yet understated series entitled "Hand Colored Flowers". While the first series of flowers is unmistakably Pop, it successor references the illustrative but stylization of David Hockney and even Alex Katz.
The source images were retro wallpaper patterns and his own illustrations. The entire series consists of ten screenprints each realized in an edition of 250. Each work has hand painted elements using watercolor ink.
In this, almost abstract example, a stylized leaf on the left is lightly embellished with a bleached chartreuse wash.
As the Warhol market continues to gallop to a stratosphere beyond, there are fewer and fewer examples of fine entry-level pieces.
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Signed and numbered on the back (edition of 250) with initials on the front.
Screenprint with chartreuse wash.
USA, circa 1974
41"H 27"W (artwork)
44.5"H 31"W (framed)