Warhol began the Flowers series in 1964 reportedly after his friend, the curator Henry Geldzahler, suggested that he should address a positive, life-affirming subject. He produced over 900 of the paintings in just a few months. They recycle the genre of still life painting for the flower power generation. The source for these silkscreened paintings was a photograph of hibiscus blossoms, which appeared in Modern Photography magazine to illustrate an article about colour printing.