Jobs Not Cheese Moffett For Senator

Jobs Not Cheese Moffett For Senator
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 300
H 80cm x W 58cm

Critical Review

Jobs Not Cheese! Moffett For Senator was executed in 1982 and commemorates Democrat Anthony John Moffett’s unsuccessful senatorial run. Additionally, the work is also a sardonic response to Ronald Reagan's misguided welfare scheme, which fed low-income populations excess dairy produce.

The layout of Jobs Not Cheese! Moffett For Senator mirrors the traditional disposition of propaganda posters. In fact, the entire print manifests a polished, mass-produced aesthetic. Rendered in vibrant yellow, red and blue hues, offset by crisp black and white, the composition revels in the sharply defined outlines of its main protagonist. A figurative torso clad in a white suit, yellow shirt and red and white necktie is seated beside a window, framed by a swooping white curtain.

Lichtenstein allows the forms in this print to assume an entirely figural quality, with the exception of one component. The artist employs a hovering block of cheese, suspended above the figure’s collar instead of a head, to culminate the perfect absurdist dreamscape.