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  • Description

    “I think of Art Deco as Cubism for the home. It seems mathematical and intellectual rather than visceral, closer to my way of working." Roy Lichtenstein

    Drawing inspiration from the design motifs and architectural elements of the 1920s and 1930s, Lichtenstein designed a poster for Lincoln Center in 1966 which initiated his visual investigation into the streamlined industrial style of the art deco movement. The present lot, part of Lichtenstein’s series of works titled Modern Head was started in the late 1960s and was inspired by Alexei von Jawlensky’s Constructivist portrait heads shown in 1968 as part of the exhibition Serial Imagery held at the Pasadena Art Museum. The facial profile of a figure has merged with linear geometrics and curvilinear lines drawing visual reference to art deco’s revival of the perfectionist ideal of the classical, Greek, human form.

  • Literature

    Gemini G.E.L.: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1966–2005, Washington D.C., 2018, no. 246, n.p., online (another example illustrated)
    Mary Lee Corlett and Ruth E. Fine, The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1993, New York and Washington D.C., 1994, no. 95

  • Artist Biography

    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most influential and innovative American artists of the post-war period, Roy Lichtenstein ushered in the prominence of Pop Art through his high-impact representations of consumer imagery, common entertainment, and the accoutrements of contemporary life rendered in the Ben-Day dots of contemporary comic strips. Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with often-disparaged commercial source imagery from an ironic distance as he considered the nature of the banal and probed the boundaries of what fine art could be.


    While Lichtenstein’s early Pop work cemented his status as one of the main figures of one of the most iconic and original movements of postmodernism, he continued to develop his practice over the course of the following decades until his death in 1997. Retaining his characteristic comic style and ironic distance, Lichtenstein engaged new and disparate influences from Abstract Expressionism to Chinese landscape painting to evolve the subject of his own work and consider the contradictions of representation, style, and substance. Lichtenstein is a central figure in the 20th century art historical canon and accordingly his work is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Modern Head #5 from Modern Head Series

signed, numbered and dated "35/100 Roy Lichtenstein '70" lower edge; further blindstamped and ink stamped by Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles on the reverse
embossed graphite and Strathmore die-cut paper overlay, in original aluminum frame with wood stretcher support
28 3/8 x 19 3/4 in. (72.1 x 50.2 cm.)
Executed in 1970, this work is number 35 from an edition of 100 plus 7 artist's proofs, published by Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles.

$9,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $8,750

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Bidding Closes 30 October 2018