Landscape with Boats

Landscape with Boats

1996

Roy Lichtenstein

(American, 1923-1997)

Color lithograph and screenprint

Support: Lanaquarelle Watercolor paper

Sheet: 89.9 x 165 cm (35 3/8 x 64 15/16 in.); Image: 70.8 x 147.4 cm (27 7/8 x 58 1/16 in.)

Gift of the Helen Greene Perry Charitable Trust in honor of Katharine Lee Reid 2000.101

Catalogue raisonné: Corlett 302

Edition: 60; 12 artist's proofs; 1 BAT; 1 printer's proof; 2 Gemini Impressions; 1 cancellation proof; 8 special proofs

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Since 1962 Lichtenstein has been one of the leading practitioners of "Pop Art," basing his imagery on cartoons, advertisements, and other popular media. Using bold primary colors, prominent black outlines, and patterns of Benday dots borrowed from newspaper print processes, Lichtenstein created a distinctive style used to comment on modern American life and the world of art and art history. In the mid-1990s Lichtenstein became interested in Chinese landscape painting and adapted his familiar technique to capture the effects of classic Song dynasty (ad 960-1279) majestic mountain views, subtly manipulating dots of various sizes and colors to recreate their delicate monchromatic tones. As the artist explained, "I'm not seriously doing a kind of Zen-like salute to the beauty of nature. . . . in my mind it's a sort of pseudo-contemplative or mechanical subtlety. . . . It's really supposed to look like a printed version."

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