Black and White Flowers
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Black and White Flowers 1985
  • Artist Rooms
During the 1970s Warhol turned towards still-life as a new subject matter, producing numerous works based on flowers, fruit and skulls. His portfolios of vases of flowers from 1974 mark an important progression in his work - the introduction of a visibly hand-drawn element. Yet, at the same time they look back to his commercial work of the 1950s. In the flower prints, the lively, hand-drawn line becomes the focal point as Warhol steps away from the photographic image. He then adapted these prints by creating hand-coloured versions, such as the one used on this poster. The inks would have been added by Warhol’s assistants. This recalls the colouring parties that Warhol hosted in the 1950s, where his friends would ‘colour in’ his commercial designs.

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A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Portfolio, Print, Still life


  • Acc. No. AR00460
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 71.10 x 55.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008