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Still Life With Red Jar

Still Life With Red Jar
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1994
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 38cm x W 34cm

Critical Review

Expanding his interest for the time-honored artform, Lichtenstein’s still life rendition gains a new layer of meaning in the artist’s reprisal. He crops close on his depicted subject matter, reducing his still life to a minimalist portrait of fruit and kitchenware. The work’s titular red jar is boldly outlined and populated by dots but flattened against the picture plane. Imbuing the scene with underlying comedy, the artist coats his forms in unexpected pigments and bends them out of shape.

The work ponders the viability of the art historical convention, while also reaffirming the genre’s resiliency. Still Life With Red Jar actively highlights the ease with which abstraction slips into representation. With this print, Lichtenstein reflects on the enduring influence of still life painting, while also presenting his own pop spin on a traditional mode of representation.