Red Apple And Yellow Apple

Red Apple And Yellow Apple
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Woodcut, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 71cm x W 95cm

Critical Review

Red Apple And Yellow Appleemploys Lichtenstein’s characteristic primary colour palette and exhibits the most three dimensional composition of the series. Black circular motions capture the shapes of the two apples side by side. The artist allows his colourful sweeps to flow in all directions, but keeps the outlines of the apples intact. The ascending brushstrokes are intersected by upward flowing ones, imbuing the work with a dynamic and unrefined quality.

The print is actively exploiting the abstract qualities of Lichtenstein’s own visual language, in order to parody art historical conventions granting authority to brushwork. The artist is directly critiquing the abstract expressionist belief that painterly gestures are guided by the subconscious. That being said, Lichtenstein keenly embraces a sense of technical finesse, with which he engages in a simulated process of still life painting. As a result, the beholder forgets that the print was in fact executed as a woodcut.