"Warhol derived his flowers from a color photograph of seven hibiscus blossoms (three of which bled off the left edge), printed as a two-page foldout in the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography. (Many viewers misidentified the flowers, perhaps because the petals were drastically flattened as a result of the artist's silkscreen process...) The photograph was shot by Patricia Caulfield, the magazine's executive editor, and it was used to illustrate an article on a Kodak color processor designed for amateurs. The flowers in Caulfield's picture are pink, red, and yellow, and shown against foliage that more nearly resembles a coniferous-type shrub than hibiscus leaves" (D. Bourdon, Andy Warhol, New York, 1989, p. 191). The Flower paintings have become among the most sought after works of Warhol's oeuvre in recent years.
This work will be included in the upcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Sally King-Nero.