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Bull V

Bull V
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1973
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 100
H 60cm x W 85cm

Critical Review

In Bull V, the metamorphosis is nearly complete.All shapes presented in this work are angular and mechanical. In addition to the block colouring and comic book style disposition, the work has an underlying comedic tone. The composition has been dislocated from the centre and pushed towards the right, leaving an empty white space in the left corner of the canvas. The corner is framed by one bright yellow and one light blue line, both abruptly ending in dark blue shapes. These formations resemble the hindlegs and hooves of the cattle, implying that the bull has been flipped to its side.

Lichtenstein deliberately chose to execute the prints in the Bulls series using a combination of lithography, screen print and line cut. The progression from naturalism to radical simplification is intimately associated with these printing processes, mirroring the trajectory of the series as a whole.