Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1997
Denver to Montana no. 2 - Poem by Allen Ginsberg. 1991-92.
Original etching with aquatint in colours. 1991-92. Signed in pencil with initials. Numbered 30 from the edition of 80 (There were also 45 numbered in roman numerals). Etched in 1991-92 for the series of 10 colour etchings: La Nouvelle Chute d’Amerique. Edition printed at the Atelier Dupont-Visat, Paris. Issued by Jean-Claude Meyer, Editions du Solstice, Paris 1992.
Ref: Corlett - The Prints of Lichtenstein no 276.
Superb fresh impression on pale cream Velin d’Arches paper. Pristine fresh condition. Full margins. Sheet: 481 x 354. Plate: 376 x 278mm
Note: The compositions in this series were inspired by the poetry of Allen Ginsberg. Lichtenstein and Ginsberg were brought together by the publisher Meyer in 1991. It was an inspired association of two of the most influential artists and poets of the 20th century.
The theme of ‘Cosmic explosions’ was one of the most visually dramatic which Lichtenstein took from the 1960’s comic-strip albums. In 1968, talking about his comic-book inspiration, Lichtenstein said: ‘It is an intensification, a stylistic intensification, of the excitement which the subject matter has for me, but the style is, as you say, cool. One of the things a cartoon does is to express violent emotion and passion in a completely ‘removed from reality’ style.
In the group of prints in colour etching which Lichtenstein drew inspired by Ginsburg’s poetry there are two ‘explosion’ subjects.
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