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Roy Lichtenstein: Modern Head #1 - Signed Print

Modern Head #1
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

£15,000-£20,000 Guide

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Woodcut, 1970
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 51cm x W 32cm

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Critical Review

The Modern Head prints seek to critically dismantle the history of modern art, through a formal idea particularly favoured by Lichtenstein; impure style. Accordingly, Lichtenstein’s Modern Heads are founded on both artistic and architectural sources. The prints allude to painterly gestures and sculptural anatomy, as well as facade ornamentation and interior design. Each work in the Modern Head series was produced using a different and distinct printing method, ranging from woodcut to embossing.

The Modern Heads grows all the more figurative throughout the sequence, and Modern Head #1 therefore exhibits the most abstract print. Lichtenstein presents a geometrical portrait in strong primary colours, composed of a cluster of vertical and diagonal shapes. Dotted curved areas and regularised stripes signify tone and texture, but the overall impression remains flattened.Modern Head #1requires heightened optical concentration from the viewer to distinguish its composition, which tries to balance between dynamic and static elements.

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