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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 36.38 in. x W 26.63 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 36.38 in. x W 26.63 in.
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Roy Lichtenstein
Chem IA

1970

$45,000

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An original signed screenprint on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "Chem IA", 1970. Hand pencil signed and dated by Lichtenstein lower right, and numbered lower left. Limited edition: 32/100. (There were also 10 artist's proofs). This work is related to Lichtenstein's 1970 "Peace Through Chemistry Series" portfolio of 4 works, (Corlett No. 96-99, page 115-117). Printed in 2 colors, in 2 runs, from 2 screens: yellow and black. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA. Collaboration: Kenneth Tyler (project supervision); Jeff Wasserman (edition printing): Robert Dressen (assistance, edition printing). Gemini G.E.L. chopmark/blindstamp lower right. Gemini G.E.L. inkstamp and workshop number on verso lower left: "RL70-368". Reference: M. L. Corlett, "The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997, Corlett No. 100, page 117; Gemini No. 248. This artwork comes with a copy of "Roy Lichtenstein: Graphics, Reliefs, and Sculpture, 1969-1970" by John Coplans, the rare 1970 66 page paperback book which features "Chem IA" on its front cover and was produced in a limited edition of 3,000 copies. Provenance: private collection - Newport Beach, CA. Recently framed in a contemporary white maple moulding with double matting and Artglass AR 92 non-reflective 92% UV protection glass. All archival. Framed size: 36.38" x 26.63". Sheet size: 30.13" x 20". Image size: 24" x 14.25". Some minor wear to paper. In otherwise excellent condition with strong colors. Rare. "Chem IA" exemplifies many of Lichtenstein's most well-known characteristics, including the use of flat comic strip imagery, benday dots, and primary colors. The image was produced for the benefit of the University of California, Irvine, in conjunction with the exhibition "Roy Lichtenstein: Graphics, Reliefs, and Sculpture, 1969-1970" (October 27 - December 6, 1970). It also appeared on the cover of the exhibition catalogue. American artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923, and grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. He died in New York City on September 29, 1997. Lichtenstein was committed to his art until the end of his life, often spending at least 10 hours a day in his studio. His work was acquired by major museum collections around the world, and he received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2013 the painting "Woman with Flowered Hat" set another record at $56.1 million as it was purchased by British jeweller Laurence Graff from American investor Ronald O. Perelman. This was topped in November of 2015 by the sale of "Nurse" for 95.4 million dollars at Christie's auction.

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  • Creator
    Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997, American)
  • Creation Year
    1970
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.38 in. (92.41 cm)Width: 26.63 in. (67.65 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12128910502

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About the Artist

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the principal figures of the American Pop art movement, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg.

Drawing inspiration from comic strips, Lichtenstein appropriated techniques commercial printing in his paintings, introducing a vernacular sensibility to the visual landscape of contemporary art. He employed visual elements such as the halftone dots that comprise a printed image, and a comic-inspired use of primary colors gave his paintings their signature “Pop” palette.

Born and raised in New York City, Lichtenstein enjoyed Manhattan’s myriad cultural offerings and comic books in equal measure. He began painting seriously as a teenager, studying watercolor painting at the Parsons School of Design in the late 1930s, and later at the Art Students League, where he worked with American realist painter Reginald Marsh. He began his undergraduate education at Ohio State University in 1940, and after a three-year stint in the United States Army during World War II, he completed his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s in fine arts. The roots of Lichtenstein’s interest in the convergence of high art and popular culture are evident even in his early years in Cleveland, where in the late 1940s, he taught at Ohio State, designed window displays for a department store and painted his own pieces.

Working at the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s, Lichtenstein deliberately eschewed the sort of painting that was held in high esteem by the art world and chose instead to explore the visual world of print advertising and comics. This gesture of recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context would become a trademark of Lichtenstein’s artistic style, as well as a vehicle for his critique of the concept of good taste. His 1963 painting Whaam! confronts the viewer with an impact scene from a 1962-era issue of DC Comics’ All American Men of War. Isolated from its larger context, this image combines the playful lettering and brightly colored illustration of the original comic with a darker message about military conflict at the height of the Cold War. Crying Girl from the same year featured another of Lichtenstein’s motifs — a woman in distress, depicted with a mixture of drama and deadpan humor. His work gained a wider audience by creating a comic-inspired mural for the New York State Pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair, he went on to be represented by legendary New York gallerist Leo Castelli for 30 years.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Lichtenstein experimented with abstraction and began exploring basic elements of painting, as in this 1989 work Brushstroke Contest. In addition to paintings in which the brushstroke itself became the central subject, in 1984 he created a large-scale sculpture called Brushstrokes in Flight for the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. Still Life with Windmill from 1974 and the triptych Cow Going Abstract from 1982 both demonstrate a break from his earlier works where the subjects were derived from existing imagery. Here, Lichtenstein paints subjects more in line with the norms of art history — a pastoral scene and a still life — but he has translated their compositions into his signature graphic style, in which visual elements of printed comics are still a defining feature.

Lichtenstein’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and many others. He was awarded National Medal of Arts in 1995, two years before he passed away.

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