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Moonscapes, Seascapes

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Critical Review

Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes, a calculated, artificial take on naturalistic settings, forms one of Lichtenstein’s most striking projects. He was an aficionado of Pop Art, rising to prominence for his impactful cartoon imagery.

Lichtenstein skillfully retained his characteristic pop aesthetic throughout his career. What’s more, he advanced the scope of his formal vocabulary by continually engaging new and disparate influences.

Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with his often appropriated source materials from an ironic distance. He frequently revised the language of popular and commercial culture. At the same time, he also probed the boundaries of what fine art has been considered throughout history and what it could become in the future.

The landscape genre was a topic he returned to with regularity. The historical style encapsulated Lichtenstein’s enduring interest in the cliché infused properties of art. He evolved and expanded his vibrant Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes for over three decades.

Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes showcases a calculated and artificial take on naturalistic settings. The striking project features several individual editions and autonomous portfolios. One of the main aesthetic goals of the sequence is to mimic techniques of mass-production. That being said, the vast series contains remarkably detailed mixed-media works, executed by hand and perfected through machines.

The vivid prints in this expansive sequence consider the contradictory tendencies of representation and perception. Lichtenstein’s intricate landscape renditions reference Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Pointillism, German Romanticism and Chinese Master painters.