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Roy Lichtenstein: Modern Head #3 - Signed Print

Modern Head #3
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Relief print, 1970
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 62cm x W 47cm

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 ornamentations and sleek interiors.

Lichtenstein's Modern Head #3is purely black and white. This print is undoubtedly the most constructivist edition of the series, as it exhibits a human profile entirely reduced to mechanical parts. In addition, the work directly references the flat planes, precision and abstract geometric forms associated with 1930s design.Modern Head #3’s curvature owes its smoothness to the embossing and linocut employed by the artist. Incised on a sheet of linoleum, this printing method yields a greater variety of effects and finishes, on account of the flexibility and softness of the material.

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