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Roy Lichtenstein: Merton Of The Movies - Signed Print

Merton Of The Movies
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Screenprint, 1968
Signed Print Edition of 450
H 76cm x W 50cm

Critical Review

The artist produced this artwork entirely in the spirit of the art deco posters of the 1930s. Resulting from the emergence of mass consumerism at the turn of the century, these promotional printed posters quickly became an art form. Not only were these placards expressive of the style, mood, and feel of the Jazz Age, they were notorious for being low-cost.

Lichtenstein’s Merton Of The Movies poster bears the indulgent characteristics of a machine age aesthetic. The geometrically precise design shows a staircase portrayed in rich colours, strident outlines, and overlapping dots. Through exuberant lettering and simplified forms, Lichtenstein’s symmetric composition captures the historical implications of show business. The implied glamour and the luxury of the industry are sentiments further enhanced by the artist’s use of silver foil as base.

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