Black and White Flowers (1985)
About this artwork
During the 1970s Warhol turned towards still-life as a new subject matter, producing numerous works based on flowers, fruit and skulls. His portfolios of vases of flowers from 1974 mark an important progression in his work - the introduction of a visibly hand-drawn element. Yet, at the same time they look back to his commercial work of the 1950s. In the flower prints, the lively, hand-drawn line becomes the focal point as Warhol steps away from the photographic image. He then adapted these prints by creating hand-coloured versions, such as the one used on this poster. The inks would have been added by Warhol’s assistants. This recalls the colouring parties that Warhol hosted in the 1950s, where his friends would ‘colour in’ his commercial designs.
- title: Black and White Flowers
- accession number: AR00460
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1985
- measurements: 71.00 x 55.80 cm (framed: 77.70 x 62.50 x 3.80 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.