USA / Belgium, 1977
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) - American artist, graphic designer and film producer
Stamped on the reverse, ‘fill in your own signature / published by Sunday B. Morning’
Mounted behind glass in a white wooden frame
Overall dimensions, framed: 57 x 57 cm; the work measures 35 x 35 cm
Provenance: Galerie D., Brussels, Belgium; Emelinckx Collection, Brussels, Belgium; private collection, Düsseldorf, Germany; private collection, Switzerland
We would like to thank Mr. Hans Irrek, (author and curator), for his academic research into the history of this work (please see detailed description)
Almost more than any other of Warhol’s subjects, the ‘Flowers’ are a most striking and poetic example for his serial working process. The highest auction record for a painting of a similar size from the series ‘Flowers’ is 880,000 euros
The present work titled “Flowers”, is by Andy Warhol and was printed in silkscreen-ink on canvas in 1977. Warhol had conceived ‘Flowers” in 1964, after a modified advertisement-image and then used several times in varying dimensions and techniques. According to the research of Hans Irrek on the history of this work, Warhol had the “Flowers” printed in Belgium, using negatives, which he had produced in the New York Factory, in order to avoid import duties. The works sold during the exhibition were then signed by him. The present work comes from the inventory of the former Gallery D and therefore does not bear the signature of the artist, but instead bears the stamp with the famous phrase ‘fill in your own signature / published by Sunday B. Morning’. This stamp of the Belgian printer and publisher Sunday B. Morning can be found on many unlimited editions of prints by Warhol, but less frequently in his paintings. Warhol had worked with the Belgian printer and editor who also published the print-portfolios “Marilyn” (1970) and “Flowers” (1973) since 1970. The research-paper by Hans Irrek is also available in written form upon request. The provenance of Galerie D., Brussels, was kindly confirmed to us by Mr. Cedric Emelinckx, Brussels.
In his diary, Warhol describes his visit to the opening of the exhibition at the Galerie D. as follows: „Arrived in Brussels at 7.00. Mr. LeBruin, the art dealer showing my pictures greeted us… Rushed to Galerie D. A mob scene. Stuck in a corner signing autographs and books. Sold 120. “(The Andy Warhol Diaries, Pat Hackett, ed., New York, 1991, pp. 45/46).
The work is in good condition with some minor cracquelure and light framing marks. The flowers show scattered tiny losses of color, minor soiling and water spots. The white wooden frame is slightly soiled. The overall dimensions, framed, are 57 x 57 cm. The work measures 35 x 35 cm.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Andy Warhol, founder and leading figure of the American Pop Art, was born in 1928 as a son of a Russian family in Pennsylvania. He began his career as an artist by creating advertising graphics. Already in 1956, he presented his graphic works at the Museum of Modern Art. In the early 1960s Warhol began experimenting with different techniques and started focusing on typically American objects of the consumer society, as for example Campbell’s soup cans or Coca Cola bottles. In 1962 Warhol started with his series of portraits of famous stars, such as Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley, who were then at the height of their career. His renowned studio ‘The Factory’ was a meeting point for internationally successful artists, actors and musicians. As early as the 1970s galleries started exhibiting Warhol’s work, which is now part of some of the most famous collections, such as the Modern Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the d’Art Moderne in Paris.
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