Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Cow Triptych: Cow Going Abstract (set of 3)’, 1982, Rago

Paired with Andy Warhol

Cow Triptych: Cow Going Abstract is Roy Lichtenstein’s homage to Pablo Picasso’s 1945 “Bull” series, in which the artist, over a sequence of 11 images of a bull, renders it from a figurative image to a simple line drawing. Similarly, Lichtenstein transforms his bull into his trademark geometric planes and stripes. This triptych reproduces Lichtenstein’s painting of the same name from 1974, and while this print is from an edition of 450, only 150 examples were signed by the artist.

Framed (together): 34 1/4 x 99 x 2 1/2 in

Signature: One signed, all three numbered

Publisher: Fratelli Alinari, Florence

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Private Collection

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