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Signed Print Edition of 20
H 72cm x W 71cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Roy Lichtenstein’s Virtual Interior: Portrait Of A Duck from 1995 constitutes one of his last cartoon/interior renditions. This signed screen print is a fine example of the artist’s humorous style and intricate composition. Featuring Lichtenstein’s trademark Ben Day dots, this work was executed as part of a limited edition of 20.
Lichtenstein frequently played with the founding myths behind the American way of life. Throughout his career, he created works that used irony to point out the banality of these common visuals. Several of his works bore the semblance of light-heartedness, referencing well-known cartoon characters like Walt Disney’s heroes. Utilising similar printing techniques as the famous animator, Lichtenstein openly ridiculed consumerism through these appropriated characters.
Virtual Interior: Portrait Of A Duck from 1995 shows a scaled-back version of the domestic interiors of Lichtenstein’s early 1990s Interior series. As a precursor to Interior With Chair, this work portrays a single cropped corner of a room. Here, the colourful contours of a sofa with a pillow, a framed painting, and the sculptural bust of Donald Duck sit side by side. Streaks of gradient halftone Ben Day dots are strewn across the surface of the print, invoking dimension and shadow. Strident outlines in primary as well as pastel hues are applied in layers, demarcating a select few edges against the white backdrop.
Virtual Interior: Portrait Of A Duck is an unmistakable nod to Lichtenstein’s lifelong fascination with both fine art and commercial design. Translated into his trademark visual vocabulary, this stylised print typifies the essence of his artistic practice.