Lithograph on Rives paper
22 1/16 x 17 in. (56 x 43.1 cm)
Numbered in pencil, lower left. Signed [rf Lichtenstein] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower right: [Hollander Workshop chop]
Classification: print


The print and poster entries in this online catalogue follow the documentation and comments published in the authoritative book:

Mary Lee Corlett. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948–1993, 2nd ed. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2002 (Corlett 2002). First published in 1994 (Corlett 1994). Introduction by Ruth E. Fine (Fine 1994a).

Corlett documented 311 editioned prints and posters by Lichtenstein produced from 1948 through 1997, with three works published in 1998 after the artist’s death: RLCR 4622, 4755, and 4752. Along with them, Corlett documented select posters, announcements, and other printed works in unspecified editions (totaling 76 items); these were either designed by the artist or based on the artist’s designs, or reproductions approved in collaboration with the artist. Prints not documented by Corlett (RLCR 999, 1178, 3625, 3664, 4685, 357, 4195, and 3884) were added. Reproductions are no longer included in this online catalogue, only references to them per Corlett or in added commentaries.

The individual entries’ style and structure closely follow Corlett 2002 and differ slightly from all other entries in this online catalogue except for small style changes made for consistency.

All prints or poster impressions formerly or currently in the artist’s estate were re-photographed by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation for this online publication to provide the best image quality. Impressions or objects in other collections are reproduced with the best available imagery at the time of publication. Some entries are still illustrated with the images the book provided, mostly photographs of impressions in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Illustrations of woodblocks and other print matrices, as well as print variants, such as different states (RLCR 217, St. George and the Dragon (I) [Killing the Dragon]), ink color variants (RLCR 289, Hunter with Dog), paper color variants (RLCR 269, Approaching the Castle) and teaching aides (RLCR 2871, American Indian Theme I), have been added as Research Images when mentioned in the entry and/or when discovered and available....

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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Explosion, 1967 (RLCR 1313)
RLCR 1313 (Bianchini 24; Corlett 49; RL 3549)
Title Source
Bianchini; Corlett; RL Studio Card
Lithograph on Rives paper
22 1/16 x 17 in. (56 x 43.1 cm)
Edition of 100; plus 20 proofs (numbered in roman numerals) for presubscribed collectors, 10 AP (inscribed [AP]), and an unknown number of TP

Publisher: Hollander Workshop, New York

Printer: Irwin Hollander, New York

Runs: 3 colors from 3 zinc plates:
Numbered in pencil, lower left. Signed [rf Lichtenstein] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower right: [Hollander Workshop chop]

The portfolio is housed in a gray cloth-covered box with maroon paper inner panels and a maroon "9" (designed by Richard Lindner) on the cover. The introduction for the portfolio was written by Una E. Johnson. Included are lithographs by Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Henry Pearson, and Saul Steinberg.

Irwin Hollander described this print as "pure, simple lithography," with tusche squeegeed through a grid directly onto the plate to create the dots (Hollander telephone conversation with Corlett, March 11, 1993).

From the Portfolio 9 portfolio
Related Works
Bianchini, Paul, ed. Roy Lichtenstein: Drawings and Prints. Lausanne: Publications IRL, 1970, no. 24 p. 226 b/w ill.
Entry Updated October 10, 2023