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Roy Lichtenstein: Composition II - Signed Print

Composition II
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Screenprint, 1996
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 90cm x W 114cm

Critical Review

Lichtenstein’s mother was a gifted piano player. The artist himself played the clarinet as a child and learned to play the saxophone shortly before his death in 1997. As an ardent lover of jazz in particular, Lichtenstein hints at his passion for music already in his early prints of the 1960s. His Brushstroke Faces, for instance, reveal clever musical undertones. Alluding to the abstraction process applied in his Bulls series, Lichtenstein’s Composition series from the mid 1990s convey his passion for music ever so directly.

Composition II, in line with Composition I, responds to the improvisatory nature of music, presenting arrangements of curving musical notations. The overall composition zooms in on the red detailed black notes and looping staves, which are set against an area of magnified dots and stripes in the primary colours of blue, yellow and red. Eggshell, royal blue and pale cyan coloured bits peek through the background of the work’s landscape format.

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