The Red Horseman, 1975

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The Red Horseman, 1975

2,625.00

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-­1997)                 

Medium: Serigraph

Printer/Publisher: Castelli Graphics

Dimensions: 25.75" x 18.75" (36" x 29.5" with frame)

Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY; Private Collection Orange County, CA

 

The Red Horseman is based on a composition by the Futurist painter Carlo Carra that Roy Lichtenstein reworked with his trademark Ben Day dots and use of bold primary colors. The dynamic overlapping curves and diagonals capture a sense of speed and energy. The original painting was initially unveiled at the prestigious and historic Leo Castelli Gallery in New York and used to advertise the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

 

Between 1950 and the mid 1960s a number of American artists found themselves influenced by the imagery and motifs of comic strips. In 1958 Lichtenstein produced drawings of comic strip characters. He portrayed artificiality in his images by painting them as if they had come from a commercial press, with flat, single­-color dots like that of the newspaper. By hand, and with much precision, he rendered his works of art using paint and stencils.

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