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Medium: Planographic print
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 143cm x W 86cm
Edition size: 60
Roy Lichtenstein's "Nude", a planographic print from 1989, is estimated to be worth between £18,000 and £27,000. This signed artwork has sold at auction seven times since its initial sale in 2015. Despite experiencing a slight decrease in value with an average annual growth rate of -1% over the last five years, it continues to attract collectors globally, having been sold in four different countries including Hong Kong, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The hammer price in the past five years has ranged from £15,154 in June 2019 to £22,085 in May 2022. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 60.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Nude - Signed Print|
|June 2019||Ketterer Kunst Hamburg - Germany||Nude - Signed Print|
|July 2018||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Nude - Signed Print|
|June 2017||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Nude - Signed Print|
|October 2016||Sotheby's New York - United States||Nude - Signed Print|
|November 2015||Sotheby's New York - United States||Nude - Signed Print|
|May 2015||Sotheby's New York - United States||Nude - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s Nude belongs to the iconic pop artist’s Brushstroke Faces series from the late 1980s. Lichtenstein in this series presents the brushstrokes themselves as his main composition. Nude seeks to recode the act of touching brush against canvas, as idolised by the abstract expressionists in the 1940s and 1950s.
By bringing the exact moment paint is applied to a surface to the foreground of each work, the artist questions the conceptual premise of the creative gesture. Brushstrokes become vehicles, with which Lichtenstein comments on the formal qualities of artworks and the art historical conventions lurking behind these.
Interestingly enough, Nude does not set out to commodify brushwork according to Lichtenstein’s signature commercial style. On the one hand, Nude’s larger than life strokes are situated on a printed comic background. The familiar burgundy stripes and Ben Day dots speak for themselves. There are however no black outlines or block colouring present in this work.
Occupying the very middle of Nude are emotive energetic sweeps of salmon, silver, dark red, blush and yellow coloured marks. These expressive brushstrokes represent the complete opposite of the artistic approach Lichtenstein became famous for. The work keenly embraces the technical finesse with which he engaged in the process of painting itself, in order to expose the authority given to this artistic gesture in the past.