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Roy Lichtenstein: Cathedral 3 - Signed Print

Cathedral 3
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

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Lithograph, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 123cm x W 82cm

Critical Review

In this series, Lichtenstein is increasingly thoughtful about his place in art history, and the implications his appropriations will have on future generations of artists. He has chosen to rework a series based on a series, producing a sequence of prints that virtually resemble magnifications of a reproduction.

Dark blue Ben Day dots make up the composition of Cathedral 3. Similar toCathedral 1, Lichtenstein is here leaving room for the white background to peek through between the dots, allowing for the contours of the cathedral to assemble.

Although the two series resemble each other in wanting to highlight the act of seeing over the subject matter, there is one essential difference. Lichtenstein’s primary emphasis rests on revising mass reproduction techniques in his prints. Therefore, Monet’s cathedral paintings function as art historical footnotes for him. Lichtenstein demonstrates how images of art become common property and are codified for public consumption through various media like advertising and printing.

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