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Landscape 7

Landscape 7
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1967
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 27cm x W 45cm

Critical Review

In the mid-1960s, Roy Lichtenstein put his renowned comic book motifs on hold. Instead, the artist began exploring the formal qualities of landscape painting. He worked on his Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes for over three decades. As part of this extensive project, Lichtenstein completed several autonomous portfolios. His Ten Landscapes of 1967 constitute a masterful transformation of landscape imagery.

Landscape 7 belongs to the aforementioned ten-part suite. The print presents a graphic superimposition of shapes, defined by Lichtenstein’s characteristic formal vocabulary. The work’s abstracted terrain is constituted by black and white dots and a bright yellow colour field. A silver arch is pasted across the middle of the composition.

Despite its simplicity, Landscape 7 has a potent visual impact. The landscape seeks out familiar forms and condenses them into purely associative shapes. Lichtenstein ultimately conjures an alternative reality, similar to the dreamscapes of his Surrealist series.

The artist employs plastic sheets of Mylar in Landscape 7, utilising the shimmery and free-form attributes of the synthetic fabric to mimic changing light. Lichtenstein’s quest to create illusionistic effects using experimental materials continued throughout his career. For instance, he pursued comparable plays on perception and reflectivity in his intricate Mirrors and later Water Lilies.

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