Bull II, from the series Bull profile
United States of America
27 Oct 1923 - 29 Sep 1997
Lichtenstein explored the ‘progression’ of an image from ‘representation’ to ‘abstraction’ in both paintings and prints of the early 1970s. In 1972 he executed the painting ‘Pitcher Triptych’. The following year, at Gemini G.E.L. from February to September, he completed the six multimedia prints of the Bull Profile series and the three of the Bull Head series. The painting ‘Cow Triptych’ followed them in 1974, and Lichtenstein periodically returned to this compositional device, as in the ‘Tel Aviv Mural’ (1989). Lichtenstein’s bulls relate to Theo van Doesburg’s ‘Composition (The Cow)’ (1916-17) and to Picasso’s eleven ‘Bull' lithographs (1945-46).
In both the Bull Profile and Bull Head series, Lichtenstein combines line-cut with lithography and screenprint. In 1989 Lichtenstein gave permission to Artists to End Hunger, Inc., to reproduce the Bull Profile series on a set of six 13-by-13-inch porcelain plates in an edition of fifty, plus six artist’s proofs. The publication was the benefit of the International Art Show for the End of World Hunger, in which Lichtenstein’s print series was exhibited.
(Corlett, ‘The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein’, 2002).
lithograph and line-cut
68.6 x 88.9 cm sheet; 77.0 x 98.0 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Roy Lichtenstein 73".
Purchased with funds provided by Hamish Parker 2013
© Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 2 exhibitions
YES YES YES YES: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 2016–19 Feb 2017
Some mysterious process, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2020–13 Sep 2020
Referenced in 3 publications
Mary Lee Corlett, The prints of Roy Lichtenstein : a catalogue raisonné 1948-1993, New York, 1994, (colour illus.). cat.no.117
Justin Paton, Pop to popism, A divided consciousness: pop art after 1968, pg.187-231, Sydney, 2014, 202 (colour illus.). illustrated in the catalogue but not exhibited
Judy Peacock, Look, 'Positive thinking', pg.46-9, Sydney, Jan 2017-Feb 2017, 46, 49 (colour illus.).