Executed in 1990, Yellow Vase belongs to Roy Lichtenstein’s intricate Interior series. Completed towards the end of the artist’s career, the sequence was inspired by clippings and images collected from ordinary furniture advertisements. This signed lithograph, woodcut and screenprintin colours was manufactured as part of a limited edition of 60.
Lichtenstein’s Interior artworks of the early 1990s takes the ultimate image of quotidian domesticity as its main subject matter. The intricate collection is rendered in the artist’s characteristic palette of bold primary colours, delineated outlines, and Ben Day dots. Lichtenstein’s interior prints reflect the artist’s fascination with the paradoxical relationship between fine art and design. The sequence is also a unique manifestation of the varied conceptual ideas and technical skills honed by the artist throughout his career.
A recurring theme in the Interior series is the inclusion of works by many of Lichtenstein’s contemporary artists. In the present work, Yellow Vase from 1990, a light blue Andy Warhol flower painting hangs prominently on the back wall of a minimalist living room. The coffee table in the right-hand corner references Lichtenstein’s own Mirrors and Reflections series. Additionally, the dark green plants located in various spots around the space point to the artist’s Landscapes collection.
These placements self-consciously establish Lichtenstein alongside his peers within a contemporary artistic tradition that recognises the potential of the aesthetics of popular culture. It also demonstrates the profound awareness Lichtenstein had of art history, and of his crucial position within it.