Roy Lichtenstein
Painting in Gold Frame from ‘Paintings’ 1983–4

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Roy Lichtenstein 1923–1997
Painting in Gold Frame from ‘Paintings’
Date 1983–4
Medium Lithograph, woodcut, screenprint and paper on paper
Dimensions Image: 1098 x 837 mm
frame: 1200 x 945 x 24 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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Here Lichtenstein has used the simplified style of the comic book to represent a section of a framed Abstract Expressionist painting. This is a characteristic example of the way his art combines dynamic imagery with a cool, detached manner of representation. It is a complex work, derived from a collage which combined hand-painted and printed papers, a printed enlargement of unprimed canvas, directly painted brushstrokes and a cut-out variation of the artist's famous schematic image of an abstract brushstroke. The final print thus embodies different ways of representing reality, given an ironic twist by the fact that what is represented is an abstract painting. A further irony is that Abstract Expressionist paintings never have elaborate gold frames.

September 2004

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