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Water Lilies With Willows

Water Lilies With Willows
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1992
Signed Print Edition of 23
H 146cm x W 265cm

Critical Review

Lichtenstein’s Water Lilies of 1992 is a celebrated limited edition of screen prints manufactured on stainless steel. This important body of work demonstrates the artist’s interest in reinterpreting genres and grandmasters. In this series, Lichtenstein pays homage to impressionist Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas” oil paintings. Using a carefully honed stylistic and formal visual language, the artist reimagines the impressionistic landscape as uniform and commercially produced.

Water Lilies with Willows is a stunning example of Lichtenstein’s ground-breaking approach to material and form. The work is unique in that 17 different colours were applied to its canvas. The artist was interested in distilling the character of an image into signs and archetypes. As such, Water Lilies with Willows presents tree bark, lily pads, cascading willows and reflections, rendered in thick outlines, swirls, diagonal patterning, and Ben Day dots.