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Modern Head #5

Modern Head #5
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1970
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 100
H 71cm x W 49cm

Critical Review

EveryModern Head print was produced using a different and distinct printing method, as a means to underline the subject matter of each edition. Therefore, Modern Head #5 was executed on an embossed graphite backdrop, completed by a die-cut overlay. By combining the two processes, Lichtenstein contributes an elegant dimension to his final composition.

Modern Head #5is the most figurative representation of the series and the final work showcasing Lichtenstein’s exploration of impure style. The artist applies a white curvilinear stencil onto a black background. The sleek and looping forms blend sculptural anatomy with the streamlined industrial design of the 1930s. Finally, Lichtenstein also supplies the print with a surprising antique reference point. Associated with divine culture, civilised arts and the epitome of beauty, Modern Head #5exhibits the profile of Greek god Apollo.