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Signed Print Edition of 250
H 37cm x W 43cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Barn from 1969 presents a vivid pop vision of the secluded American countryside. Adapting idyllic scenes painted by previous generations of artists, the work demonstrates Lichtenstein’s own take on the traditions of landscape painting. Portrayed in the artist’s customary cartoon style, Red Barn uses strong colours, graphic outlines, and dense areas of Ben Day dots.
Stylised and purified, Lichtenstein refashions his rural subject matter in a remarkably economical manner. Nestled amid lush green vegetation and winding dirt roads, his crimson barn is a striking and dramatic addition to the scenery. Its sharply pitched roof and towering silo are boldly silhouetted against the vagrant cloud formation hovering above it. Lichtenstein couples an unembellished facade with partially outlined windows and subtle recesses for doorways. The artist supplies dimensionality to the flat picture plane by coating the sides of the building in dark shadows.
Red Barn zeroes in on the most important visual aspects of the landscape and the architectural structure. The composition undermines illusionism by the means of abstraction, affirming Lichtenstein’s mastery of decoding images and signs. His choice of genre, as well as his simplified style, serve to obscure the imagery in a way that makes it both accessible and unplaceable.