Mel Ramos - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich; Private collection, Europe

  • Literature

    D. Kuspit and L.K. Meisel, Mel Ramos: Pop Art Fantasies - The Complete Paintings, 2004, p.145 (illustrated)  

  • Catalogue Essay

    Combining his lovely ladies with jungle animals could be rather grotesque and disturbing; however, with Ramos’s vast sense of humor it brings nothing but smiles. Despite how big and dangerous the beasts may be in life, in Ramos’s hands they are nothing more than cuddly bears, and some say they are the artist’s depiction of himself.
    D. Kuspit, Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies, New York, 2004

  • Artist Biography

    Mel Ramos

    American • 1935

    Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his paintings of female nudes alongside brand logos. His depictions of women with everyday products celebrate aspects of popular culture represented in mass media and advertising. Like his contemporaries Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos was inspired by comic books and grew up drawing cartoons and characters from their pages. The artist's works, including paintings, prints and works on paper, feature in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.

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Oil on canvas. 
44 x 66 in. (111.8 x 167.6 cm).
Signed, titled, and dated twice "Mel Ramos 'Leopard' 1972" on the reverse. 

$400,000 - 600,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York