Cow Going Abstract (Triptych). Tree original color silkscreens, 1982. Edition of 150 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper. Published by Fratelli Alinari, Florence, Italy.
Roy Lichtenstein is one of the biggest American Pop-artist of the second half of the twentieth century. He is famous for his paintings, as well as prints and sculptures, that imitate zoomed silkscreen comic strips and illustration from advertisements. The dots, mechanical patterning used in commercial engraving, to convey texture and gradations of color, became a trademark identified with Lichtenstein and Pop Art. He created more than 5000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other artistic objects, which depict American consumer society and glorifies mass media and pop culture icons. Those subjects weren’t his only obsession, he created paintings based on canvases by Cézanne, Mondrian and Picasso, as well as still lives and landscapes. This triptych is Lichtenstein’s homage to Pablo Picasso’s 1945 “Bull”, series of 11 images where Picasso reduced it from a figurative image to a simple line drawing. In the same way, Lichtenstein created transformation of a figurative depiction of a bull to a total geometric abstraction, in his trademark geometric planes and stripes style.