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)
The Oakland Museum, Mel Ramos: Paintings 1959-1977, September-November 1977, pp. 9 and 30, no. 9 (illustrated).
San Francisco, Modernism, Mel Ramos: Paintings 1962-1986, November-December 1986.
Mel Ramos: Pop Art Images, Cologne, 1994, p. 18 (illustrated in color).
D. B. Kuspit and L. K. Meisel,Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies: The Complete Paintings, New York, 2004, p. 36 (illustrated in color).
Modernism, San Francisco, acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, California, 1988
Anon. sale; Bonham's, New York, 13 May 2008, lot 31
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
About Mel Ramos
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.
American, b. 1935, Sacramento, California, based in Oakland, California