Flowers (nine panels), 1965
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
66″ x 66″ (individual panels measure 22″ x 22″)
Each individual panel signed
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Dino Fabbri, Milan
Colnaghi Gallery, London
Giorgio Sferra, Florida
Sotheby’s, May 1985, New York
Gloria Gurney, New York
Sotheby’s, May 1990, New York
Dennis Insalaca, New York
Bernie Chase, New York
There is no precedence for Warhol intentionally combining individual Flowers canvases to create a larger painting — that would be viewed as a single entity. However, there are multi-canvas Flowers that appear to have been assembled by art dealers into a single entity. It is our opinion that Flowers (nine panels) falls into this category. Whether this can be attributed to its original owner — Galerie Bruno Bischofberger — is open to conjecture. Regardless, this does not diminish the authenticity of the individual panels.
Andy Warhol’s earliest Flowers, in multiple sizes, compose one of his largest series of paintings. The Flowers were featured at the artist’s first show at Leo Castelli (1964). A subsequent exhibition appeared at Ileana Sonnabend in Paris (1965). By the mid-sixties, Warhol had already completed a large group of Death and Disaster paintings. The Flowers can be thought of as a cleansing of Warhol’s palette; imagery that was both fresh and benign.