Roy Lichtenstein’s Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes constitute a thorough revision of the landscape genre. The sequence spans over three decades of the artist’s career and comprises several autonomous portfolios. This signed felt banner in colours was executed in 1966 as part of a limited edition of 20.
Executed in 1966, Moonscape Banner is a stunning felt tapestry print. The work is part of Lichtenstein’s long-standing exploration into the conventions of the landscape genre. Spanning over thirty years of his career, the collection of works Landscapes, Moonscapes and Seascapes feature several stand-alone portfolios and autonomous editions. The sequence transforms the art historical style into a brilliant superimposition of colours and shapes.
Similar to Moonscape from one year prior, Moonscape Banner employs a formal vocabulary inspired by popular culture coupled with experimental materials. As such, the work consists of defined contours and vibrant pigments, presenting a fictitious nature scene with simulated reflections. The artist utilises coloured felt sheets to support the emerging and intersecting patterns of his composition.
The intense blue textile serves as the backdrop on which the various pictorial elements rest. A vibrant yellow circle poses as the moon high up in the night sky, while equally yellow and pitch black stencil ripples imitate the reflective surface of water below. A red and white dotted oblong shape situated above mimics clouds in motion. The artist focuses on evoking a smooth superimposition of vivid colours and calculated patterns. Lichtenstein’s use of a felt banner technique ensures the superbly gesture-free finish of his print.