Presented in the format of a children’s storybook, The Story Of Red And Blue 19 is a print from Keith Haring’s The Story Of Red And Blue series from 1989. This signed colour lithograph is a limited edition of 90.
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 19 shows an image of two characters kissing in an unusual way with their mouths wide open. The character on the left has a bright red face and the one on the right has a blue face. Depicted through the use of simplistic shapes and bright, block colour, this print is a playful and appealing image that is reminiscent of a children’s storybook illustration.
Across the first half of the series, each print alternates in colour between red and blue but for the first time in the series, in this print the colours red and blue begin to merge. In each print Haring uses simplified and generic pictograms to produce the effect of a children’s story book without a sensical storyline, where instead the story seems to focus abstractly on the colours red and blue.