Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Salute to Aviation’, 1968, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original screenprint in three colors (yellow, red, black) on smooth, white wove paper.

Hand-signed and dated in pencil in the margin lower right rf Lichtenstein 1968.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 135, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left. Published by Richard Feigen Graphics, New York, bearing his blindstamp in the sheet lower right. Printed at Sirocco Screenprinters, North Haven, Connecticut, by George Townsend, George Horan and George Lawther under the supervision of Norman Ives and Sewell Sillman, bearing their blindstamp in the sheet also lower right.

Catalog: Corlett 63; Bianchini 30.

In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, printed on a full sheet.

This print won a purchase award in the Seventeenth National Print Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, 1970.

Signature: Hand signed lower right.

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

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