Roy Lichtenstein

Sunrise, 1965

Colour offset lithograph
From an unknown edition. Signed lower right: rf Lichtenstein. Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Printed by Graphic Industries, New York.
18 1/3 x 24 4/11 inches (46.6 x 61.9 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New York
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Roy Lichtenstein, a prominent figure in the Pop Art movement, crafted a remarkable print titled "Sunrise" in 1965. Lichtenstein's print is characterized by his signature comic book-inspired style, featuring bold, graphic lines and vibrant primary colors. "Sunrise" depicts a stylized representation of a rising sun, with concentric circles radiating outward in a mesmerizing pattern. Lichtenstein's meticulous use of Benday dots, a technique borrowed from comic book printing, adds a sense of mechanical precision to the print, further emphasizing the artist's fascination with mass culture and commercial imagery.

The print "Sunrise" by Roy Lichtenstein exemplifies his exploration of the interplay between high and low art, as well as his fascination with popular culture. By appropriating and recontextualizing imagery from comic books and advertisements, Lichtenstein challenges traditional notions of fine art and questions the boundaries between the commercial and the artistic. The simplified and stylized nature of the sunrise in the print emphasizes Lichtenstein's interest in the visual language of mass media and his ability to transform ordinary, everyday subjects into icons of contemporary art. "Sunrise" is a testament to Lichtenstein's ability to capture the spirit of the Pop Art movement, blending humor, irony, and a critical examination of consumer culture.

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