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Roy Lichtenstein: Vertical Apple - Signed Print

Vertical Apple
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein


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Woodcut, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 76cm x W 69cm

Critical Review

Vertical Appleactively exploits the unrefined and abstract qualities of Lichtenstein’s own visual language. The print was manufactured through the surprising printing method of woodcut. There is a built-in absurdity in the inflated blue contours of the artist’s distorted and surreal version of the fruit. In portraying the inanimate object as such, he satirises the emotive qualities of brushwork and its inherent art historical importance. Vertical Appleis directly critiquing the abstract expressionist belief that painterly gestures are guided by the subconscious.

Additionally, the print also mimics the ingrained conventions of still life portraiture, demonstrating the enduring influence of the genre. Conjoining creamy yellow streaks of colour with red sweeps, the work alludes to the naturalistic colour scheme of an apple. Lichtenstein proves that it isn’t necessary to realistically portray the whole fruit, in order for audience’s to recognise the subject matter.

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