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Haystacks #3

1969 Roy Lichtenstein Born: New York, New York 1923 Died: New York, New York 1997 Gemini G.E.L. (Publisher) Gemini G.E.L. (Printer) color lithograph and screenprint on paper image: 13 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (34.3 x 59.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein 1969.71.2 Not currently on view

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In the 1890s, impressionist painter Claude Monet painted a series of works showing changes of natural light on fields of haystacks. By the time pop art emerged in the 1960s, these well-known paintings existed in the popular imagination as clichés. The dot pattern in Lichtenstein’s print alludes to Ben Day dots--- the basis of half-tone printing. Lichtenstein co-opted this technique, used to reproduce art historical tomes as well as the newspaper comics of mass culture, and archly implied that endlessly cloning works of art may popularize and, by extension, trivialize them.

Pop Art Prints, 2014



graphic arts - print

paper - wove paper - bfk rives

lithograph - color