£12,500-£19,000 VALUE (EST.)
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Planographic print, 1981
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 64cm x W 67cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|October 2022||Sotheby's New York - United States||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|September 2022||Wright - United States||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Phillips New York - United States||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|March 2022||Bonhams Los Angeles - United States||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|June 2021||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
|October 2020||Sotheby's New York - United States||Study Of Hands - Signed Print|
As the oldest form of mark making, hands have consistently been at the center of artistic practice throughout human history. This particular body part has represented the most elementary means of creation. At the same time, it has also functioned as an important reflection of evolving modes of representation. Hand studies have been employed while exploring the human body from both an artistic and a scientific point of view. Additionally, hands have been used to affirm major advances in cultural trends.
Toying with these sentiments, Roy Lichtenstein’s 1981 Study Of Hands demonstrates every artist’s need for ongoing introspection and creative development. Lichtenstein was notorious for his radically transforming and discontinuous visual language. Therefore, this print also manifests some of the aesthetic stages undergone by the artist himself throughout his career.
Study Of Hands, as its title suggests, showcases four distinct ways to delineate hands. There is a pop hand, a cubist hand, a cartoonish gloved hand, and an expressionist hand. The print asserts the equality of the figurative and the abstract. Moreover, the work also insists on the artist’s freedom to change and combine styles at will. Study Of Hands essentially constitutes a subtle dig aimed at purist notions of ‘high art’.