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At The Beach

At The Beach
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1978
Signed Print Edition of 38
H 66cm x W 106cm

Critical Review

Although these prints copy the manner in which surrealist artworks were created, the pictorial language of the Surrealist sequence is literal rather than symbolical. The series combines art historical tropes with various motifs from Lichtenstein’s own oeuvre. Accordingly, the subject matter of At The Beach, executed in 1978, precedes the artist’s abstracted Perfect/Imperfect series of the 1980s. It’s components are also the forerunners of his illustrative The New Fall Of America suite of the 1990s.

Lichtenstein anchors the print’s composition in wildly opposing forms, maximising its referential framework. At The Beach situates its protagonists amid minimalist hills and levitating futurist shapes.The fluid outlines of a sunbathing woman are stretched across the canvas. She is composed entirely of graphic red stripes and bright yellow tufts of hair. Her melting body resembles a purist modern sculpture, while also honouring the essentialist legacies of nude painting. Her companion’s shape is fixed in the background, reminiscent of a cubist ceramic, greeting the beholder with a wave.