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2977B Boston
January 27, 2017 12:00PMCalender

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) Art Critic

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2977B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 27, 2017 12:00PM


Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)

Art Critic, 1996, edition of 1,500 plus proofs, published by the artist and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (Corlett, 305). Numbered, signed, and dated "19/150 roy Lichtenstein '96" in pencil l.r. Color screenprint on paper, image size 19 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (50.1 x 33.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.

Provenance: A private Florida collection.

N.B. Lichtenstein's later prints refer back to his earlier ones and their Pop sensibility, employing Ben-Day dots and a limited palette of primary colors and black outlines. At the same time many of the later works refer to looking at art on a larger scale. His Haystack and Cathedral series were direct references to Monet's series paintings of the 1890s. Later series such as 1984-85's Landscapes quote or at least reference earlier masters such as Van Gogh and Matisse.

In his Art Critic of 1996, Lichtenstein presents a cubist portrait of a female critic - a nod to Picasso - looking at a painting. We see only a corner of the work and its frame, reminiscent of Lichtenstein's Paintings series of 1982-85. Lichtenstein was not always well received by critics, especially in his early days. The subject is thus ironic for the artist as he nears the end of his career.
Estimate $25,000-35,000

Sheet measures 25 3/4 x 18 7/8 in. (65.5 x 48.0 cm). Hinged at top corners with linen tape. No further issues to report.

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