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Man and Woman, 1978

Screenprint in colors, on Somerset paper, with full margins
26 × 34 in
66 × 86.4 cm
Edition 67/200 + 30AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
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Phillips

Image: 24 1/4 x 32 in. (61.6 x 81.3 cm)
Sheet: 26 x 34 in. (66 x 86.4 cm)

From the Specialists:

Image: 24 1/4 x 32 in. (61.6 x 81.3 cm)
Sheet: 26 x 34 in. (66 x 86.4 cm)

From the Specialists:
Copley's pop-esque print showcases his dark sense of humor: the couple in the foreground are animated playfully while a guillotine lurks in the background, perhaps signaling the fleeting nature of love and life itself.

Medium
Print
Signature
Signed `CPLY' and numbered 67/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artists proofs), published by London Arts, unframed.
William Nelson Copley
American, 1919–1996
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Forging an unprecedented and unlikely link between the European Surrealist and American Pop Art movements, William N. Copley painted sweetly humorous, softly pornographic vignettes. His works are Surrealist in their unbridled expressions of sexual desire—he painted couples making love, men and women fantasizing about each other, figures in various states of undress and stages of foreplay. Through his use of bright colors, cartoonish figures, and wildly patterned backgrounds, Copley tempered his sometimes-X-rated imagery with a visual language similar to that of Pop Art. While his imagery is mined from a variety of sources, including racy magazines he would buy from the seedy shops that used to dominate New York’s Times Square, Copley’s work is whimsical, joyful, and lyrical. As he claims: “Humor, after all, is the reminder that we are mortal.” As his paintings suggest, so, apparently, is sex.

William Nelson Copley, ‘Man and Woman’, 1978, Phillips
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About the work
P
Phillips

Image: 24 1/4 x 32 in. (61.6 x 81.3 cm)
Sheet: 26 x 34 in. (66 x 86.4 cm)

From the Specialists:

Image: 24 1/4 x 32 in. (61.6 x 81.3 cm)
Sheet: 26 x 34 in. (66 x 86.4 cm)

From the Specialists:
Copley's pop-esque print showcases his dark sense of humor: the couple in the foreground are animated playfully while a guillotine lurks in the background, perhaps signaling the fleeting nature of love and life itself.

Medium
Print
Signature
Signed `CPLY' and numbered 67/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artists proofs), published by London Arts, unframed.
William Nelson Copley
American, 1919–1996
Follow

Forging an unprecedented and unlikely link between the European Surrealist and American Pop Art movements, William N. Copley painted sweetly humorous, softly pornographic vignettes. His works are Surrealist in their unbridled expressions of sexual desire—he painted couples making love, men and women fantasizing about each other, figures in various states of undress and stages of foreplay. Through his use of bright colors, cartoonish figures, and wildly patterned backgrounds, Copley tempered his sometimes-X-rated imagery with a visual language similar to that of Pop Art. While his imagery is mined from a variety of sources, including racy magazines he would buy from the seedy shops that used to dominate New York’s Times Square, Copley’s work is whimsical, joyful, and lyrical. As he claims: “Humor, after all, is the reminder that we are mortal.” As his paintings suggest, so, apparently, is sex.

Man and Woman, 1978

Screenprint in colors, on Somerset paper, with full margins
26 × 34 in
66 × 86.4 cm
Edition 67/200 + 30AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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