Untitled (Flowers)195515 1/4 x 12 3/8 in.(38.74 x 31.43 cm) ink and watercolor on paper
Provenance Rogallery, New York
Private Collection, gifted from the above
Often overlooked, Warhol's ink and color dye drawings display his knack for reducing motifs and elements to their essential nature using an economy of line and a wonderful playfulness that characterizes each. They often remind us that art can best be effective purveyors of humor and whimsy if uncomplicated and free-flowing. Untitled, Flowers is a forerunning of his famous 1960 Vogue layout, combining drawings of flowers in fluorescent colors. It anticipates Warhol's early inclination to separate line from color, a device that would later give his silkscreen images their abstract immediacy.