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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
LOT ID: 77291
Illustration for "Passage du Nord-Ouest" (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg), 1992

Etching / Engraving, and aquatint on 250-gram Velin d' Arches paper
14 х 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed
Print/Casting Year 1992
Edition XL/XLV
Foundry/Publisher Les Edition du Solstice, Paris; printed by Atelier Dupont-Visat, L'Inéditeur, Paris
Lot description
Image size: 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Sheet size: 19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)

This is a portrait of Alan Ginsburg. Lichtenstein illustrated Ginsburg's famous collection of poems "The Fall of America" translated into French as "La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amerique." Ginsberg's major work, "The Fall of America," was the definitive poetic chronicling of the Vietnam War and the years to follow.

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)
Illustration for Passage du Nord-Ouest (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for Passage du Nord-Ouest (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for Passage du Nord-Ouest (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for Passage du Nord-Ouest (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Illustration for Passage du Nord-Ouest (Portrait of Alan Gisnburg) by Roy Lichtenstein
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