Tobacco Rose, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

  • Mel Ramos, Tobacco Rose, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II, 1965, screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated, 1966.29.22

Exhibition Label

Tobacco Rose conjures a pinup girl from the colorful world of commercial advertising. Mel Ramos riffed on the common tactic of using overt sexuality to sell consumer products. The model radiates confidence as she straddles an oversized pack of cigarettes and casts a seductive gaze as the viewer. As the title suggests, the alluring woman and the tobacco she's marketing are fused into a single product, precisely contrived to seduce the onlooker.

Pop Art Prints, 2014

Title
Tobacco Rose, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume II
Artist
Publisher
Date
1965
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 30 × 24 in. (76.2 × 61.0 cm)
image: 28 × 22 in. (71.1 × 55.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated

Mediums Description
screenprint
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1966.29.22
Palette
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