Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Cow Going Abstract (Triptych)’, 1982, Artsnap

On the occasion of Lichtenstein’s Florence exhibition in 1982 the printer-publisher Fratelli Alinari, in collaboration with Lichtenstein, produced a run of 450 copies of the three screenprints entitled "Cow Triptych (Cow Going Abstract)" after Lichtenstein's eponymous painting of 1974. 150 of the 450 produced were signed by the artist at the lower right beneath the image of the first panel. These signed sets, as agreed between Alinari and Lichtenstein, were not numbered and included the original right vertical margins promoting the Florence exhibition of 1982. Unfortunately many of the signed sets that have since come to market have been trimmed, removing the details of the exhibition in the right-hand margin.
The present work is from the private collection of the printmaker Alinari, who collaborated with Lichtenstein on the project; this example was a gift from the artist and retains the original size of each sheet as respected by their agreement and indicated in Mary Lee Corlett's "The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné" (Appendix 9).
Each image measures 23.7 x 28.4 in. (60.2 x 72.2 cm.), and each sheet measures 26.1 x 35.1 in. (66.2 x 89.1 cm.).

Signature: signed in pencil right lower corner of first sheet.

Catalogue Raisonné: App. 9, Corlett

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York