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The Story Of Red And Blue 11

The Story Of Red And Blue 11
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Lithograph, 1989
Signed Print Edition of 90
H 56cm x W 42cm

Critical Review

Representative of Haring’s desire to create a visual language that appealed to both children and adults alike, the series is formed of a variety of simplified images reminiscent of children’s fictional characters. Throughout the series Haring limits his colour palette to bright red and blue and renders each image in his distinctive linear style with black rounded lines.

The Story Of Red And Blue 11 shows two figures depicted in Haring’s trademark figurative style, each holding in their hands a bright red ball with smiling faces. Haring’s use of action lines that radiate from the figures creates a sense of dynamism and movement to the image.

This is a playful and appealing image that is reminiscent of traditional children’s story book illustrations, however throughout the series there seems not to be any cohesive storyline. Despite giving the viewer no context to this unusual image, Haring’s use of simplified shapes and recognisable figures work to create a universally comical image. The energetic lines and bright colours used encourages the viewer to find a sense of joy from this print.

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