Roy Lichtenstein

1923-1997, American

"Two Paintings: Dagwood" from the "Paintings Series," 1984

Color woodcut and lithograph on Arches 88 paper under Plexiglas
Edition 53/60; Signed, dated and numbered in pencil in the lower margin, at right: Roy Lichtenstein; with the blindstamps of the printer/publisher Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA in the lower right margin corner and their copyright ink stamp verso
Image: 50.75" H x 35.75" W; Sheet: 53.75" H x 38.875" W

  • Provenance: Private Collection, California
  • Literature: Corlett, Mary Lee, and Ruth E. Fine. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue RaisonnĂ© 1948-1997. New York and Washington, D.C.: Hudson Hills Press and the National Gallery of Art, 2002, p. 188, no. 207.

    Ritchie, Charles. Gemini G.E.L. Online Catalogue Raisonné. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2011, no. 31.82. http://www.nga.gov/gemini
  • Notes: There were also 11 artist's proofs.

    Lichtenstein is considered one of the founding fathers of the Pop art movement that is characterized by artists extracting source material from popular culture. Pop art was branded as American painting, but Lichtenstein preferred it to be defined as industrial painting. The widely recognized artist interpreted the sleek style and graphic sensibilities of advertising and comic books and brought them onto his canvas.

    The character "Dagwood" featured in this image originated during the 1930s in the comic strip, Blondie. Yet, while Lichtenstein uses Dagwood's likeness in this image, it is appropriated within the context of other elements that we find featured throughout Lichtenstein's oeuvre - like the white, yellow, and blue paint strokes that we see abstracted in the right side of the image.

    Dagwood is a technically accomplished print from the "Painting" series, in which Lichtenstein blends the techniques of woodcut and lithography to create a masterly composed image that is readily apparent as his own. Lichtenstein's unique style proved to be influential for a wide variety of artists, ranging from Richard Price and Jeff Koons to the painter Raymond Pettibon.
  • Condition: Generally good condition, the colors fresh and with full margins. Small areas of unobtrusive surface rubbing showing occasionally in the blank areas and margins, the largest approximately 1" x 0.5" in the upper portion, right of center. Two unobtrusive moisture marks, each approximately 1" diameter, near the center of the upper margin edge and showing only slightly, both recto and verso, in raking light. At least five slightly skinned areas from previous hinging at the verso of the upper and left vertical margins, the largest approximately 2.5" H x 1.5 " W.

    Frame: 62" H x 46" W x 1.5" D

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