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Title

Bull VI, from the series Bull profile

1973


Artist

Roy Lichtenstein

United States of America

27 Oct 1923 - 29 Sep 1997


About

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).


Details


Date

1973


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph, screenprint and line-cut


Edition

40/100


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Hamish Parker 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

272.2013.6


Artist information

Roy Lichtenstein

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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.).

Unknown, The prints of Roy Lichtenstein : a catalogue raisonné 1948-1993, New York, 1994, (colour illus.). cat.no.121