Water Lilies – Pink Flower

Water Lilies – Pink Flower
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1992
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 106cm x W 77cm

Critical Review

In Water Lilies – Pink Flower, Lichtenstein’s use of swirled reflective panels, layered forms, vertical panels of Ben Day dots, and diagonal lines combine to create the composition. The visuals suggest movement, light and shadow. Water Lilies - Pink Flower demonstrates Lichtenstein’s innovative approach to printing processes and materials. When creating his Water Lilies, the artist was also inspired by the dashboards of 1920s and 1930s cars.

While restricting himself to a language of formal elements, Lichtenstein innovatively experimented with enamel, Plexiglas, Mylar, and Rowlux. In a labour-intensive process, a drill press was suspended upside down from the ceiling and fitted with a round slug of shoe rubber. Each swirl was then created individually using a new rubber slug, in order to ensure all swirls were rendered with the same crisp precision and uniformity.