Lichtenstein, Roy (1923-1997), 'Girl', Lithograph, 1963 (published 1964)

'Girl', Lithograph, 1963 (published 1964)

Original lithograph printed in yellow, red, blue and black ink, on white wove paper. Drawn by Lichtenstein in New York and printed by Maurice Beaudet in Paris. Published by E. W. Kornfeld, of Bern, Switzerland. Edition of 2000, unsigned as issued in the regular edition of Walasse Ting's '1˘ Life' portfolio of 1964. Superb impression with good strong colours.

'Girl' and 'Spray Can' are Lichtenstein's second ever venture into 'Pop' printmaking - the first being his now infamous 1962 black and white etching of a light switch entitled 'On'. They hold a key place in Lichtenstein's oeuvre as both his first Pop prints in colour and his first featuring the benday dots with which his name is now synonymous.

The '1˘ Life' portfolio included original lithographs by both the key players in the American Pop Art scene and the masters of European Expressionism. The album also featured poems by American/Chinese artist/poet Walasse Ting who spearheaded the project which was edited by Sam Francis.

In May of 1966 Ting wrote about '1˘ Life' in ARTnews, "Some artists come to Paris to make lithographs. In New York I carry zinc plates to their studios, we drink and laugh ... Lichtenstein: Spent two weeks, each hour one dot".

Image Size 32.2 x 27 cm
Paper Size 41.1 x 29.4 cm
Reference 'The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1997' by Corlett, Cat. no. 33.
Collections British Museum, MOMA (NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stedelijk Collection, National Gallery of Australia

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