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The Story Of Red And Blue 5

The Story Of Red And Blue 5
Signed Print

Keith Haring

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

Critical Review

Presented in the form of a children’s story book, this series is representative of Haring’s desire to create a visual language that appealed to both children and adults alike. Throughout the series he 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 5 shows an egg-shaped figure outlined in thick red brushstrokes, it’s smiling face depicted as a single-line drawing. Appearing to sit happily on a brick wall, Haring is deliberately referring to the character from the famous children’s nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Throughout the series Haring loosely refers to a variety of children’s fictional characters so as to make clear his allusion to the notion of a storybook.

Across the first half of the series, each print alternates in colour between red and blue and by the end of the series the two colours appear together in the prints. 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.

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