Glazed high-fired ceramic
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Unknown if signed or dated
Unlocated Work
Classification: ceramic (unique)
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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Blonde I, 1965 (RLCR 1017)
RLCR 1017 (LC 371; RL 0357)
Blonde I
Title Source
Castelli; RL Studio Card
Glazed high-fired ceramic
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Unknown if signed or dated
Examination Notes

Work could not be examined.


Media line per appearance from photograph and comparison to works likely executed in similar technique (e.g., RLCR 1080, Head with Blue Shadow). Dimensions per RL Studio Card.

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.

Private collection, November 1965 (via Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City)
Private collection, New York
The Mayor Gallery, London, 1981
Private collection, Greenwich, Conn.
Research pending
Leo Castelli Gallery (4 East 77th Street), New York, Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes and Ceramics, November 20–December 11, 1965.
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.
Art Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California, Roy Lichtenstein: Ceramic Sculpture, February 22–March 20, 1977 (Glenn, C. 1977b, no. 2 n.p. b/w ill.).
Fagiolo dell-Arco, Maurizio. "La ragione pura-practica di Lichtenstein." Collage, no. 6 (1965), n.p. facing p. 67 b/w ill. (sideways).
Orlando, Ruggero (Photographs by Duilio Pallottelli). "Il pennello nell'occhio: A che punto è la Pop Art un anno dopo le polemiche della Biennale." L'Europeo (Milan) vol. 21, no. 51 (December 19, 1965), p. 45 color ill. (with artist in studio).
Boatto, Alberto, and Giordano Falzoni, eds. Fantazaria (Rome). Special issue, Lichtenstein 1, no. 2 (July–August 1966), n.p. facing p. 90 b/w ill.
Lichtenstein, Roy, Bruce Glaser, Claus Oldenburg, and Andy Warhol. "Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Warhol: A Discussion." Artforum 4, no. 6 (February 1966), p. 21 b/w ill. (installation view, 1965b New York Castelli).
Baro, Gene. "Roy Lichtenstein: Technique As Style." Art International 12, no. 9 (November 1968), p. 38 b/w ill.
Alloway, Lawrence. "Roy Lichtenstein." Studio International 175, no. 896 (January 1968), p. 26 b/w ill.
Crespo, Ángel. Roy Lichtenstein y el arte pop. Mayagüez: Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1970. Exhibition catalogue (1970 Mayagüez Universidad de Puerto Rico), no. 29 n.p. b/w ill. [not exhibited].
Crespo, Ángel. "Roy Lichtenstein y el arte pop." Revista de arte/The Art Review (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez), no. 5 (June 1970), no. 29 p. 27 b/w ill.
Waldman, Diane. Roy Lichtenstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971, no. 127 n.p. b/w ill.