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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
LOT ID: 77301
Illustration for "De Denver au Montana, Depart 27 Mai 1972" II (from La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique), 1992

Etching / Engraving, and aquatint on 250-gram Velin d' Arches paper
13.9 х 18.9 in. (35.31 x 48.01 cm.)
Signed, lower right.
Edition 80 books; plus 45 HC and 42 suites
Foundry/Publisher Les Edition du Solstice, Paris; printed by Atelier Dupont-Visat, L'Inéditeur, Paris
Lot description
Eleven poems by Allen Ginsburg were illustrated by Lichtenstein, especially for this publication. The title of the book, translated, is "The New Fall of America." This is the tenth illustration for the poem translated as "From Denver to Montana, leaving May, 1972." Lichtenstein presents a dynamic sound-filled composition.

The work of American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) reflects influences from popular advertising, culture, and the comic book. Lichtenstein often used cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial printing in his works. The result, were paintings featuring thick outlines, bold colors, and Benday Dots (a technique often used in comic books), as if created by photographic reproduction. Though Lichtenstein often included the use of advertising imagery and reproductions of comic-book panels, his work was never an attempt to exactly copy. Instead, Lichtenstein’s work tackled the way in which mass media portrays different aspects of popular culture by taking common place images and transforming them into “high art.” In 1996 the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. became the largest single repository of the artist's work when he donated 154 prints and 2 books.

Selected Public Collections:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Illustration for De Denver au Montana, Depart 27 Mai 1972 II (from La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for De Denver au Montana, Depart 27 Mai 1972 II (from La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for De Denver au Montana, Depart 27 Mai 1972 II (from La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique) by Roy Lichtenstein
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