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Cathedral 2

Cathedral 2
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 122cm x W 83cm

Critical Review

Monet painted at the site of the cathedral, capturing transient stages of light moving across the building’s surface over the course of two years. His quintessentially painterly approach stands in sharp contrast to Lichtenstein’s commercially influenced style. Yet, Lichtenstein’s primary colours and Ben Day dots can be interpreted as obvious descendants of Monet’s impressionist brushwork.

Similar to how Monet’s paintings dissolve into individual brushstrokes upon close scrutiny, so do Lichtenstein’s handmade dots. Evidently, Cathedral series has the same visual quality in its eligibility as its source material, but is a distinctively mechanised structure; an expression of the 20th century.

This modern approach is manifested through Lichtenstein’s bold colour scheme. Cathedral 2 makes use of blue and red Ben Day dots, a colour combination that is effectively undecipherable when monitored from a short distance. Cathedral 2 stands in stark contrast to Cathedral 1, wherein the white bits between the dots allow for the contours of the cathedral to assemble, regardless of the distance from which the observer regards it.