Nude with Blue Hair, 1994

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Nude with Blue Hair, 1994

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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-­1997)                 

Medium: Relief print on Rives BFK paper

Edition: AP; edition size 40 plus 12 artist proofs

Signed and dated in pencil, lower right

Printer/Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp)

Dimensions:  composition 31 5/8" x 51 1/4, sheet 37 1/2" x 57 7/8"  (41 5/8" x 61 1/4" with frame)

Catalogue Raisonné: Corlett 286

"Everybody has called Pop Art 'American' painting, but it's actually industrial painting. America was hit by industrialism and capitalism harder and sooner and it's values see more askew..." - Roy Lichtenstein

 

A distressed female stares out at us in Lichtenstein’s classic style of highly simplified color schemes and procedures that mimic commercial printing techniques. Diane Waldman’s states “these women are not heroines but supplicants to the male ego, and Lichtenstein did not invent them; they or their counterparts can be found in the ads or romance comic books of the time (Waldman, 113.)”  With this piece, the artist crops the image in such a way that the emotional quality of the subject matter consumes the work.  The figure’s head appears larger than life and the sense of anguish and worry is echoed in every aspect of the work, from her furrowed brow to her hand resting against her forehead.  Through the artist’s presentation, the girl is rendered helpless for she is offered no means of escape from the viewer’s gaze.  In displaying an image which denies the female figure any quality of dominance or power, Lichtenstein alludes to the social struggles of the 1960’s and the continued fight for female equality.

Created in 1994, this relief print in colors on wove paper is hand-signed and dated by Roy Lichtenstein (New York, 1923 – New York, 1997) in pencil: ‘rf Lichtenstein ‘94’.  This work was published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., New York and features their blindstamp along with a workshop number in pencil on the verso.

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