Roy Lichtenstein

Bull I

1973

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Line-cut on paper
Dimensions
Image: 685 x 890 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Klaus Anschel in memory of his wife Gerty 1997
Reference
P11482

Display caption

In these prints, Lichtenstein studies the progress of an image from figurative representation to abstraction. The initially recognisable form of the bull in the first panel is, by the sixth, transformed into a geometric abstraction. Gradually, the animal is reduced to its structure - backbone, horns, tail and foreleg - until the only remaining trace is a curved line suggesting horns in the upper-right corner. The relationship between figuration and abstraction is one of the basic issues of twentieth-century art.

Gallery label, August 2004

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