Bull Head II

Roy Lichtenstein
Bull Head II
mixed media

An original Roy Lichtenstein mixed media print.


Original lithograph, screenprint and line-cut printed in 6 colors (yellow, green, blue, brown, light blue, black) on Arjomari wove paper

Hand-signed and dated in pencil in the margin lower right rfLichtenstein ’73.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 100, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 17 additional proofs of various types for an overall edition of 117). One of three plates from the Bull Head Series. Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles; printed by Ron McPherson, Bruce Porter and Jeff Wasserman, assisted by Robert Knisel, under the supervision of Kenneth Tyler at Gemini G.E.L., bearing its blindstamp in the sheet lower right and ink stamp verso along with the workshop number (RL73-511) in pencil verso.

Catalog: Corlett 124; Gemini 489.

21 1/8 x 28 1/16 inches

Sheet Size: 24 15/16 x 32 15/16 inches

Lichtenstein explored the “progression” of an image from “representation” to “abstraction” in both paintings and prints of the early 1970’s. In 1972 he executed the painting Pitcher Tryptich. The following year, at Gemini G.E.L. from February to September, he completed the six multimedia prints of the Bull Profile series and three of the Bull Head series. 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 series and Bull Head series, Lichtenstein combines line-cut with lithography and screenprint.