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Litho/Litho

Litho/Litho
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1970
Signed Print Edition of 54
H 89cm x W 122cm

Critical Review

Litho/Litho demonstrates the constantly evolving transfer process behind multiples. Lithography is the main technique Lichtenstein honours here. On the left, he outlines the various base materials utilised in printing, like aluminium, zinc, and stone. The image is created with the help of a grease-based lithographic crayon.

The illustrated surface is then treated with a chemical solution that fixes the composition and ensures that certain areas attract ink while others repel it. Ink is later applied with a roller, adhering only to the receptive areas. Instead of portraying the final printing phase, Lichtenstein illustrates what the different layers look like during the soaking stage.

Lithography has been of crucial importance for Lichtenstein’s artistic career. It allowed for a renaissance of printmaking, inspiring contemporary artists to integrate varied technical skills in their oeuvre. Lithographic printing aided members of the Pop generation especially, supporting them in their quest to revolutionise the post-war art scene.