Still Life (C. 310)

Still Life (C. 310)
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1997
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 45cm x W 48cm

Critical Review

Still Life (C. 310) showcases a similarly abstracted layout as Still Life With Red Jar from a few years prior. Examining the long-standing tradition of still lifes, the print was inspired by Lichtenstein’s previous Six Still Lifes and Seven Apple Woodcuts of the 1970s and 1980s. Focusing on the elementary characteristics of still life painting, the artist crops close on his depicted subject matter. He reduces his still life rendition to a minimalist portrait of apples, a cutting board and a vase.

Imbuing his scene with an underlying comedy, Lichtenstein coats his forms in unexpected pigments and bends them out of shape. The artist’s use of vivid stripes and graduated dots supply volume and dimension to his otherwise flattened canvas. Still Life (C. 310) actively exploits the inherent abstract qualities of Lichtenstein’s own pictorial language. With this print, Lichtenstein reflects on the enduring influence of a principal art historical genre, while also showcasing his own pop spin on it.