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Color offset lithograph
image: 22 × 22 in. (55.88 × 55.88 cm) sheet: 23 1/8 × 23 1/8 in. (58.74 × 58.74 cm)
Gift of Jane Bradley Pettit M1981.302
Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er
© 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
"I want to be Matisse." -Andy Warhol To some degree, the Flowers series belongs to a long art historical tradition of still-life painting. Warhol admired many famous artists for their fame and their styles, such as Henri Matisse who used bright flat colors in his paintings. In the tradition of Monet's water lilies and Van Gogh's flowers, Warhol produced a body of work that referred to beauty in nature. However, the works also relate to Warhol's glamorous celebrities, or "beauties" as he so fondly called them. An iconic symbol of splendor, the flower comes to represent transience in context with Warhol's tragic subjects, a brilliance that quickly fades with time.
Vogel, Ann H., ed. Focus: The Flower in Art; Selections from the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 27, cat. 75. Milwaukee Art Center. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1968, cat. 524, illus. p. 183.
"Andy Warhol: Works from the Permanent Collection," Milwaukee Art Museum, 2/22-4/25/1993. Focus: The Flower in Art; Selections from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, July 10-August 17, 1986. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, October 25, 1968-February 23, 1969.
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