"Haystack" Original Silkscreen by Roy Lichtenstein, 1969

Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 20th Century)

"Haystack" Original Silkscreen by Roy Lichtenstein, 1969

An original signed silkscreen by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "Haystack", 1969. Hand pencil signed by Lichtenstein lower left "rf Lichtenstein '69" and numbered lower right "117/250"; (Limited Edition of 250). Printed on C. M. Fabriano 100/100 Cotone paper. Paper bears the Fabriano watermark on right margin and publisher's drystamp bottom right. Published by Gabriele Mazzotta Editore, Milan, Italy. Reference: M. L. Corlett, "The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catologue Raisonne 1948-1997, Corlett 84, page 107. Framed size: 26" x 29". Sheet size: 19" x 26". Image size: 14.25" x 17". MINT Condition.

Roy Lichtenstein’s Haystack Series (1969) was inspired after a trip to Paris upon seeing Monet’s Impressionistic painting of haystacks from 1891, one of the seminal series of early modern art. Whether the artist was Monet or Picasso, or the art was cartoons, Lichtenstein made a career out of referencing other artists and schools in his work. Context was everything, and Lichtenstein boldly addressed his generation’s notion of high art and the idea of mechanical reproduction accordingly. In his pursuit to blur the line between high art and low art, originality vs. reproduction, he succeeded in convincing the world that all is art.

In Haystack, Lichtenstein makes Claude Monet as iconographic as Mickey Mouse. Lichtenstein’s interpretation of Monet’s Haystacks is a Pop Art homage to the French impressionist. Monet’s loose brushstrokes are replaced with the exactness of Lichtenstein’s signature Benday dots, creating the iconic post-war, comic book aesthetic. In an interview with John Coplans, Lichtenstein compared Monet’s Haystack paintings to his prints: “The prints are a little smaller, but that’s not significant. The paintings are all different images. In terms of exactness of placement and register, the prints are better, because they can be better controlled in this medium. Working on canvas isn’t controllable in the same way…The prints are all worked out beforehand and appear purer” (Corlett 65-74).

In his original Impressionist paintings, Monet depicted a cluster of haystacks across various times of the day to draw attention to the relationship between color and light. Lichtenstein’s Haystack similarly run from morning (yellow) to midnight (black); there are ten prints in the series. For the series, he created a full-scale black-ink drawing, which was used to create the image on the plates. A negative of the drawing was laid over the Benday dot stencil on the sensitized plates, recreating the pattern in the positive plate when it was exposed to light. Haystack was also Lichtenstein’s first collaboration with printer and publisher, Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles.

American artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923, and grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. He died in New York City on September 29, 1997.

Lichtenstein was committed to his art until the end of his life, often spending at least 10 hours a day in his studio. His work was acquired by major museum collections around the world, and he received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2013 the painting "Woman with Flowered Hat" set another record at $56.1 million as it was purchased by British jeweller Laurence Graff from American investor Ronald O. Perelman. This was topped in November of 2015 by the sale of "Nurse" for 95.4 million dollars at a Christie's auction.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 26 in | WIDTH: 29 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 19 in | WIDTH: 26 in

Origin United States
Category Prints
Period 20th Century
Style Pop Art
ConditionExcellent

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