Lot Sale Results

Roy Lichtenstein
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 013

Roy Lichtenstein
1923 - 1997 American

Landscape with Poet
16-colour lithograph and screenprint
signed, editioned 4/60 and dated 1996
84 x 30 in  213.3 x 76.2cm

Provenance:
Fine Art & Artists Inc., Washington, DC
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, 1998

Literature:
Gemini G.E.L. Online Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/gemini.pl, accessed September 12, 2015, catalogue #1673
Mary Lee Corlett, The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948 - 1997, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2002, catalogue #303

Roy Lichtenstein rocketed to prominence in the 1960s with his Pop Art images taken from comic book panels. But he also had a fascination with traditional Chinese landscape, which began while he was a student at Ohio State University in the 1940s. This interest entered his imagery in the last three years of his career. Lichtenstein had collected books from several major exhibitions of Chinese art, and they were the direct source of inspiration for a series based on landscapes from the Song dynasty (AD 960 to 1279). In Landscape with Poet, Lichtenstein combines one of the important devices of his Pop Art images - the use of Ben-Day dots, derived from commercial screenprinting - with the classic motifs of Chinese painting, seen here in the artfully gnarled tree and the lone figure contemplating a stunning view of distant mountains. This overlay of dots adds an ironic note of modernity, contrasting with the fine art traditions of China, known for their exquisite use of brushwork.
This print was published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, on Lanaquarelle paper in an edition of 60 with 12 artist's proofs. The sheet size of this work is 91 x 36 inches. This work bears a Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp, lower right.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $100,300.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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