Warhol’s Flowers were initially inspired by a photograph of several hibiscus flowers taken by Patricia Caulfield, published in the Modern Photography magazine. While the flowers originate from realistic photographs (as did the majority of his images), Warhol altered his versions of the flowers, by flattening and cropping the flowers and adding vibrant, contrasting colors.
He eventually settled on a square format that meant the paintings could be viewed from any orientation. While these flowers are bright and sunny, they are set against a dark and ambiguous backdrop, suggesting that the beauty of the flowers is not all that Warhol was aiming for.
The editions of Sunday B. Morning were intended as a joke, with a stamp on the back which said "fill in your own signature".
Warhol began collaborating with two friends from Belgium in 1970 on a second series of some of his prints. Among them were the series of “Marilyn”, “Campbell Soup Can”, “Flowers”, etc., with the stamp on the back "fill in your own signature". The original idea behind this partnership for Warhol was to play on the concept of mass production. Andy loved to comment on this phenomenon through his art and explored the impact on modern culture. The thought was, ‘here we just mass-produced these prints; sign your name here. Any name will do. Because yours is as important as my own.’
These new impressions were exacting in detail to the Factory Editions and so Warhol was essentially mocking the idea that the Factory Edition prints were somehow more important than these new ones.
These Sunday B. Mornings editions are stamped on the verso in blue ink. The quality and integrity of the prints are impeccable, printed on 'museum board' with the highest quality archival inks.