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Signed Ceramic

Roy Lichtenstein

Enamel, 1966
Signed Ceramic Edition of 75
H 22cm x W 28cm

Critical Review

Presented in horizontal format, Sunrise shows a bright yellow disc representing the sun arising in the middle of the composition. Its rays are gathered together in blue beams surrounding the main circular shape in the centre. The yellow tinge of the sun is reflected in the clouds above, while also illuminating the bluish sea stretched out beneath the horizon line. Lichtenstein uses a gradation of blue dots to compose the calm surface of the water.

Sunrise is a rare example of porcelain enamel on perforated steel. Although the work was prepared successively by hand, it was perfected using machines. Lichtenstein’s mechanised process of creation distorts the imagery. Therefore, the composition is as much a sly criticism of consumerism, as it is a pop rendition of a landscape. Lichtenstein conducts a quest for harmony here, sustained by the elementary and associative forms that characterise his interpretation of the sun motif.

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