Mermaid

Mermaid
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Lithograph, 1960
Signed Print Edition of 60
H 64cm x W 66cm

Critical Review

Similar to At The Beach of the same series, Mermaid depicts an amorphous reclining female figure with a bright yellow ponytail. The shape of her body, composed entirely of red stripes, resembles a purist modern sculpture. A delicately illustrated palm tree stands guard behind her, while she drifts on open water. Sharply defined waves invade her contours, like sharks circling prey. The scene is illuminated by figurative rays of sunshine emanating from a lamp through the clouds above her head.

Mermaid’s diverse composition draws the viewer into the captivating realm of its formal mirage. Its vibrant primary colours and graphic forms perpetuate the unified vision of printed reproductions. Accordingly, this print transforms Lichtenstein’s appropriation of styles into the artist’s own polished pop aesthetic.

The print was created in conjunction with Lichtenstein's identical 1979 sculpture project for the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts. The monumental outdoor installation is today exhibited in close proximity to the ocean.