Glazed high-fired ceramic
15 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (39 x 21.8 x 20 cm)
Inscribed, dated and signed: for Irene and Peter Ludwig rf Lichtenstein '65
Classification: ceramic (unique)
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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Blonde, 1965 (RLCR 1016)
RLCR 1016 (LC 551; RL 0201)
Blonde
1965
Title Source
Castelli; RL Studio Card; RL Studio Photograph
Media
Glazed high-fired ceramic
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (39 x 21.8 x 20 cm)
Inscriptions
Inscribed, dated and signed: for Irene and Peter Ludwig rf Lichtenstein '65
Remarks

Fabricated by Ka Kwong Hui and anonymous. 

Per Glenn, C. 1977b, Lichtenstein worked with an unknown Brooklyn potter to cast ceramic heads from one of two plaster models he bought in the hat district and reworked with modeling clay. He took the bisque heads to ceramic artist and Douglass College colleague, Hui, for glazing. In working together, Lichtenstein developed a new stenciling method with perforated masking tape.   

The other plaster head purchased by Lichtenstein, RLCR 872, Head of Girl, was not remodeled, only painted.

Provenance
Peter and Irene Ludwig, Aachen, Germany, 1969 (artist sale)
Exhibitions
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Roy Lichtenstein, September 19–November 9, 1969 (only New York) (Waldman 1969). Traveled to: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, Mo., December 18, 1969–January 16, 1970; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Ill., February 7–March 22, 1970; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., April 10–May 17, 1970; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio, July 9–August 30, 1970.
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Fondation Corboud, Cologne, Extended Loan, February 28, 1969–February 23, 1976, Dep. 1080 (Von der Osten and Keller 1971, no. 104 color ill.).
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Roy Lichtenstein 1970–1980, May 8–June 28, 1981 (only Cologne, lower floor exhibit) (Cowart 1981b). Traveled to: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., July 16–September 6, 1981; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y., September 22–November 29, 1981; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Tex., December 16, 1981–February 7, 1982; Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, March 10–April 25, 1982 (with an additional exhibit on the Kunsthalle's lower floor showing Lichtenstein artworks from the Ludwig Collection) (Cowart 1982a); Orsanmichele, Florence, Italy, May–August 1982 (Cowart 1982b); Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, September 21–December 19, 1982 (Cowart 1982b); Fundación Juan March, Madrid, January 14–March 20, 1983 (Cowart 1982b); Ohara Museum of Art, Chuo Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, April 26–May 22, 1983 (Cowart 1982b); Seibu Museum of Art, Seibu Takanawa, Tokyo, June 1–July 13, 1983 (Cowart 1983).
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, Die Maler und ihre Skulpturen: Von Edgar Degas bis Gerhard Richter, October 12, 1997–January 4, 1998 (Finckh 1997, p. 271 b/w ill.).
Ludwig Galerie, Schloss Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany, Götter, Helden und Idole: Meisterwerke alter und neuer Kunst aus der Sammlung Ludwig und Museen, January 25–April 13, 1998 (Pachnicke and Mensch 1998, no. 102 p. 108 color ill.).
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, May 16–September 3, 2012 (only Paris) (Rondeau and Wagstaff, Sheena 2012). Traveled to: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2012–January 13, 2013; Tate Modern, London, February 21–May 27, 2013 (as Lichtenstein: A Retrospective) (Dunne 2012); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, July 3–November 4, 2013 (as Roy Lichtenstein, revised and reorganized) (Dunne 2013); (Pompidou 2013, p. 15 color ill.); (Morineau 2013a, no. 79 p. 210 color ill.).
Literature
Sylvester, David (Photographs by Snowdon). "The Ironic Lichtenstein Who Takes Soulful Subjects and Paints Them with Cool." Vogue 154, no. 5 (September 15, 1969), p. 144 b/w ill. (detail).
Compton, Michael. Pop Art. London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970, no. 101 p. 96 b/w ill.
Waldman, Diane. Roy Lichtenstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971, no. 126 n.p. color ill.
Coplans, John, ed. Roy Lichtenstein. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1972, no. 50 n.p. b/w ill.
Budde, Rainer, and Evelyn Weiss with Johann Karl Schmidt. Katalog der Bildwerke und Objekte, Neuzugänge seit 1965 im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum mit Teilen der Sammlung Ludwig. Cologne: W. Müller, 1973, no. 69 n.p. b/w ill.
Glenn, Constance W. Roy Lichtenstein: Ceramic Sculpture. Long Beach: California State University, Long Beach, 1977. Exhibition catalogue (1977 Long Beach CSU), no. 1 color ill., front cover color ill. [not exhibited].
"Sammlung Ludwig." Du: Die Kunstzeitschrift (Zurich). Special issue, Sammlung Ludwig 455, no. 1 (1979), p. 67 b/w ill.
Dubreuil-Blondin, Nicole. La Fonction critique dans le Pop Art américain. Montreal: Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1980, no. 47 n.p. b/w ill.
Franzke, Andreas. Skulpturen und Objekte von Malern des 20. Jahrhunderts. Cologne: DuMont, 1982, no. 19 n.p. facing p. 208 color ill.
Kerber, Bernhard. "Skulptur und Farbe." Kunstforum International 60, no. 4 (April 1983), front cover color ill.
Schmahmann, Brenda. "Roy Lichtenstein's Critique of Modernism." De arte (Pretoria) 37 (April 1988), no. 1 p. 50 b/w ill.
Livingstone, Marco. Pop Art: A Continuing History. 1st ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1990, no. 296 p. 207 color ill.
Hindry, Ann, ed. Artstudio. Special issue, Roy Lichtenstein, no. 20 (Spring 1991), n.p. following p. 157 color ill.
Türr, Karina. Farbe und Naturalismus in der Skulptur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts: Sculpturae vitam insufflat pictura. Mainz: P. von Zabern, 1994, no. 63 p. 163 color ill.
Serafini, Giuliano. Art e Dossier. Special issue, Lichtenstein (Milan), no. 152 (January 2000), n.p. preceding p. 24 color ill.
Fitschen, Jürgen. Die Pop Art und die zeitgenössische Bildhauerkunst. Bremen: Gerhard-Marcks-Stiftung, 2002. Exhibition catalogue, p. 22 color ill.
Faton-Boyancé, Jeanne, ed. L'objet d'art. Special issue, Roy Lichtenstein exposition au Centre Pompidou, no. 69 (July 2013), n.p. facing p. 30 color ill.
Morel, Francis, ed. Connaissance des arts. Special issue, Roy Lichtenstein, no. 589 (July–August 2013), p. 55 color ill.
Pommereau, Claude, ed. Roy Lichtenstein au Centre Pompidou. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: Beaux Arts Éditions, 2013, n.p. facing p. 28 color ill.
Celant, Germano. Roy Lichtenstein Sculptor. Milan: Skira Editore for Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, 2013. Exhibition catalogue (2013 Venice Vedova), no. 6 n.p. following p. 49 color ill. [not exhibited].
Celant, Germano. Roy Lichtenstein Sculptor. Milan: Skira Editore for Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, 2013. Exhibition catalogue (2013 Venice Vedova), no. 6 n.p. following p. 49 color ill. [not exhibited].