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Mel Ramos

The Green Lantern

Oil on canvas
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Christie's

Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

The Green Lantern

signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" …

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Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

The Green Lantern

signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" 1962 MEL RAMOS' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

49 x 43 in. (124.4 x 109.2 cm.)

Painted in 1962.

Signature
Signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" 1962 MEL RAMOS' (on the reverse)
Mel Ramos
American, 1935–2018
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Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.

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About the work
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C
Christie's

Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

The Green Lantern

signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" …

Read more

Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

The Green Lantern

signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" 1962 MEL RAMOS' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

49 x 43 in. (124.4 x 109.2 cm.)

Painted in 1962.

Signature
Signed, titled and dated '"THE GREEN LANTERN" 1962 MEL RAMOS' (on the reverse)
Mel Ramos
American, 1935–2018
Follow

Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.

Mel Ramos

The Green Lantern

Oil on canvas
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.