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Seascape I

Seascape I
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1965
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 43cm x W 56cm

Critical Review

Seascape 1 of 1965 belongs to the New York Ten suite. Highly experimental in its application of materials, the artwork presents a fictitious and humorous waterscape. Lichtenstein cuts his white and blue dotted sky in half using an indigo horizon line. Stretched out below the vivid blue stencil lies a body of water constituted entirely out of bubble wrap. The bubbles mirror the design of the patterned sky above.

Seascape 1 precedes the simplified layout of theTen Landscapesportfolio, reducing its pictorial plane to bare essentials. Lichtenstein transforms a naturalistic setting into something entirely artificial. The resulting scene shows a fully abstracted and static seascape at first glance.

Despite a sense of overriding flatness, however, the bubbly surface texture provokes sensory associations of motion. Lichtenstein applies plastic sheets of translucent Rowlux to ensure these spatial interplays, producing a playful simulation of movement. This print marks the starting point for Lichtenstein’s life-long artistic quest to invoke illusionistic effects using unexpected and experimental materials.

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