Roy Lichtenstein

La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amérique (The New Fall of America), 1992

Part of the portfolio, which comprised of ten etchings and aquatints, nine printed in colors, with text by Allen Ginsberg, each initialed in pencil and inscribed from the numbered edition of 80 (there is also a deluxe edition of 42 on japon nacré), also signed in pencil by the artist and author and inscribed on the colophon, on Arches wove paper, printed by Dupont-Visat, published by Jean-Claude Meyer, contained in the original red linen-covered portfolio case and blue linen-covered slip case (10 prints)
~20 x 14¾ inches (50.7 x 37.7 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New Jersey

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Roy Lichtenstein, a seminal figure in the Pop Art movement, revolutionized the art world with his bold and graphic style. Known for his use of comic book imagery, Lichtenstein employed Ben-Day dots and bright primary colors to create iconic works that both celebrated and critiqued American popular culture. In 1992, amidst a shifting socio-political landscape, Lichtenstein embarked on his poignant series, La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amérique (The New Fall of America). This series marked a departure from his earlier works, delving into themes of societal decay and disillusionment, reflecting the artist's concerns about the state of contemporary America.

In La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amérique, Lichtenstein employed his characteristic style to depict scenes of chaos, conflict, and societal breakdown. Drawing inspiration from historical events, mass media imagery, and his own observations, Lichtenstein created a powerful visual commentary on the decline of American values and the erosion of the American Dream. Through his use of exaggerated gestures, speech bubbles, and fragmented narratives, Lichtenstein confronted viewers with the harsh realities of modern society while challenging them to reassess their preconceptions about American identity and culture. La Nouvelle Chute de l'Amérique stands as a testament to Lichtenstein's artistic versatility and his ability to engage with pressing social issues through his distinctive visual language.

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