Six still lifes by roy lichtenstein

Six Still Lifes Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein’s name became synonymous with Pop in the 1960s, concurrent with the art movement’s emergence. The artist rose to prominence owing to his distinctive and inventive cartoon aesthetic. He was infamous for utilising mass-produced images and printing strategies throughout his oeuvre.

Lichtenstein’s first creative exploration into the principles of still life painting commenced in the early 1970s. His Six Still Lifes of 1974 manifest a colourful excursion into the diverse history of the still life genre. The series offers the artist’s own vivid and modernised version of the venerated artistic tradition. The distinctly figurative Six Still Lifes later inspired Lichtenstein’s abstracted Seven Apple Woodcuts of 1983.

Historically, still lifes would provide the public with allegorical depictions of life versus death, changing cultural values, contrastive social classes and diverse belief systems. The means of still life painting have been exercised since ancient times, offering sublime scenes of prosperity and temporality. Despite its long-standing practice, its particular mode of representation has never ranked highest in the hierarchy of art. In fact, the genre was often dismissed for merely being a creative exercise in composition and texture.

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