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  • Provenance

    Collection Frederick W. Hughes, New York; Thomas Ammann Fine Art,
    Zurich; Collection Heiner Bastian, Germany; Stellan Holm, New York

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Illeana Sonnabend, Andy Warhol, May, 1965

  • Literature

    G. Frei, N. Printz, and S. King-Nero, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne,
    Paintings and Sculptures 1964–1969, New York, 2004, cat. no. 1528, p. 62 (illustrated) and p. 75

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is the flash of beauty that suddenly metaphors that becomes tragic under
    the viewers gaze. The garish and brilliantly coloured flowers always gravitate
    towards the surrounding blackness and finally end up in a sea of morbidity.
    No matter how much one wishes these flwers to remain beautiful they perish
    under one’s gaze as if haunted by death.
    J. Coplans, Andy Warhol, Greenwich, 1970, p. 52

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Known as the “King of Pop,” Andy Warhol was the leading face of the Pop Art movement in the United States in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects like Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity, and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Flowers

1964
Silkscreen ink on linen.
14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm).
Signed and dated “Andy Warhol 64” on the overlap.

Estimate
£250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for £356,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm
London