Cubist Still Life with Lemons

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Cubist Still Life with Lemons
Cubist Still Life With Lemons.jpg
Artist Roy Lichtenstein
Year 1975
Dimensions 228.6 cm × 172.7 cm (90 in × 68 in)

Cubist Still Life with Lemons (sometimes Still Life with Lemons) is a 1975 painting by Roy Lichtenstein.

Lichtenstein had a period of experimentation with still life painting from 1974 to 1976. Measuring 228.6 cm × 172.7 cm (90 in × 68 in), Still Life with Lemons represented a take on still life from the Cubist perspective, with Lichtenstein using many favorite Cubist motifs: "...pitcher, bowl of fruit, and faux wood grain - with some of his own, such as sections of the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, portions of an entablature, and a pattern of diagonal stripes."[1] The work has an element of three-dimensionality due to its overlapping planes and reflection, although this still life series was meant to look flat.[2] According to Jack Cowart, "...The scale of Lichtenstein's [Cubist still life] work is antithetical to the primarily intimate and more closely related nature of real Cubism."[3]

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  1. ^ Waldman, Diane (1999). Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections. Electa. p. 41. ISBN 88-435-7287-3. From 1974 to 1976, Lichtenstein experimented with a variety of approaches to still life. In Still Life with Lemons, 1975, he combined some of the Cubists' favorite motifs - pitcher, bowl of fruit, and faux wood grain - with some of his own, such as sections of the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, portions of an entablature, and a pattern of diagonal stripes. 
  2. ^ Waldman, Diane (1999). Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections. Electa. p. 43. ISBN 88-435-7287-3. ...the earlier series is meant to look traditional – that is, three-dimensional – while this series was meant to look flat. In Still Life with Lemons, however, there is just the hint of volume created by the overlapping planes of the image and by the reflection in the red form located behind the pitcher. 
  3. ^ Cowart, Jack (1981). Lichtenstein: Roy Lichtenstein 1970–1980. Hudson Hills Press, Inc. p. 78. ISBN 0-933920-14-8. 

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