Celebrate spring with floral art 静静地

Pop artists—from the 1960s to today—have long been obsessed with flowers. Alex Katz painted irises, Andy Warhol silkscreened hibiscus blossoms, and Takashi Murakami invented his own abstract blooms.

Takashi Murakami
Contemporary Pop artist Murakami—sometimes called the Japanese Andy Warhol—is known for his smiling flowers, which always feature 12 rounded petals and joyous cartoon faces.

An Homage to Monopink 1960 D, 2012 Gagosian

Flowerball Blood (3D) V, 2011 Shapero Modern

An Homage to Monogold 1960 C, 2012 Gagosian

Alex Katz
Irises, marigolds, and impatiens fill Katz’s prints in allover compositions inspired by Jackson Pollock’s gestural painting style.

White Impatiens, 2016 Haw Contemporary

Blue Flags (Irises), 2014 Caviar20

David Hockney
In 2009, Hockney began a daily ritual of painting flowers each morning on his iPad and iPhone—and flower arrangements remain one of the artist’s favorites subjects for his digital drawings.

Untitled 516 [Lilies], 2016 Peter Harrington Gallery

Homemade Etching, 1998 Lyndsey Ingram

A Bigger Book with Untitled 346 [Tulips] ink-jet print, 2016 Peter Harrington Gallery

Yayoi Kusama
The queen of polka dots has been obsessed with flowers ever since her childhood, where she grew up surrounded by her family’s nursery business.

Flowers, 1985 Yang Gallery

Flowers FW, 1993 Upsilon Gallery

Andy Warhol
Famous for appropriating images from mass media, Warhol modeled these four blooms after a photograph of hibiscus blossoms that he discovered in a 1964 issue of Modern Photography.

Flowers, 1970 2CforArt

Flowers F&S II.6, 1964 Kings Wood Art

FLOWERS FS II.70, 1970 Marcel Katz Art

Tom Wesselmann
Wesselmann’s still lifes of flower bouquets and ripe fruit highlight the beauty of everyday objects, while subtly hinting at the erotic themes prevalent in the Pop artist’s work.

Country Bouquet With Blue, 1991 Untitled Projects

Still life with lilies and mixed fruit, 1997 Alan Cristea Gallery

Donald Sultan
Sultan’s botanics are often filled with contrasts, capturing otherwise fragile flower petals in strong, bold forms.

Poppies, June 8, 2011 (Red), 2011 New Gallery of Modern Art

Button Flower Yellow, Sept 17, 2014, 2014 ARC Fine Art LLC

Blue and White, Feb 10, 2017, 2017 Newzones

James Rosenquist
In the 1980s, Rosenquist became inspired by the vibrant nature surrounding his Florida studio and embarked on a decade-long series of floral prints and paintings.

Night Transitions, 1985 Galerie Klaus Benden

Shriek, 1986 Hamilton-Selway Fine Art


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