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Andy Warhol
1928 - 1987
FLOWERS
signed and dated 64 on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
8 by 8 in. 20.3 by 20.3 cm.
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Provenance

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Private Collection, London (acquired from the above in 1964)
Sotheby's, New York, 15 November 2007, Lot 193
Acquired from the above sale by Marc Jacobs

Catalogue Note

"The flower pictures were for the Everyman, they embodied Warhol's power of concretization, the shortest possible route to stylization, both open to psychological interpretation and an ephemeral symbol. But the flowers were also to be read as metaphors for the flowers of death. Warhol's Flowers resist every philosophical transfiguration as effectively as the pictures of disasters and catastrophes which they now seem ever closer to."

Heiner Bastian and Kirk Varnedoe in Exh. Cat., Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Andy Warhol: Retrospective, 2002, p. 33

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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