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The Student

The Student
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Woodcut, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 81cm x W 69cm

Critical Review

To create the Expressionist Woodcuts, Lichtenstein chose a Baltic birch, specifically on account of its hardness, but then deliberately aimed to minimise the printed texture of each work. Creating a smooth finish with even colouration, he drew attention to the surface of the prints, denying their inherent woodcut quality.

Similar to another print in the series titled Head, The Student exhibits a sharply carved imprint of a face, with its gaze turned upwards. A figure is pasted upon an interior showing a curtained window and purple walls. He is holding a book, his mouth open in recital and his face is a collage of interlocking patterns and colours, finalised through bold black contouring.

The juxtaposition of the distinct forms, striped surfaces and the rough jagged lines all contribute to the print’s powerful appearance. In line with another print from the series, titled Dr Waldmann, The Student applies distinct shading, evoking the lyricism expressed by Expressionist paintings. However, the rich colouring and schematic forms ultimately manifest an affectless pop image.