£14,500-£22,000 VALUE (EST.)
$28,000-$40,000 VALUE (EST.)
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¥130,000-¥200,000 VALUE (EST.)
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¥2,630,000-¥3,980,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Signed Print Edition of 40
H 96cm x W 92cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|October 2021||Sotheby's New York - United States||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|July 2018||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|October 2017||Sotheby's New York - United States||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|April 2016||Doyle New York - United States||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|May 2013||Sotheby's New York - United States||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
|April 2010||Sotheby's New York - United States||Brushstroke On Canvas - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke On Canvas belongs to the artist’s iconic exploration of the brushstroke motif, which comprises several unique editions and portfolios. This work offers a satirical take on the exceptional authenticity attributed to practitioners of modern art movements. The print is particularly keen on confronting the historical dominance and ultimate prowess of Abstract Expressionism.
Brushstroke On Canvas was executed in 1989 and is characterised by Lichtenstein’s distinct pop idiom.The artist caricatures idealised views of mark-making by presenting his paint splatters as depersonalised and reproduced. Akin to Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke Faces, Brushstroke On Canvas captures a whirlwind of shapes. Although the expressive pastel strokes interact with the calculated primary coloured sweeps, they remain distinctly separated. At the same time, however, the forms also work together to constitute a unified image.
The crisp brushstrokes are fixed against a graphic black and white background. This repetitive and static pattern is used to counteract the implied emotivity of painterly expression. Lichtenstein plays with inconsistent dimensions, applying subtle shadows beneath certain sweeps of colour. In doing so, he adds a sense of movement to the surface of his canvas, confusing the viewer’s perception of the polished pictorial plane. Ultimately, Lichtenstein’s refined lithographic technique calls attention to the textural qualities of his work.