Corlett Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints of Roy Lichtenstein

I.15. Landscape Series, 1985

Corlett 210–216

In 1984–85 Lichtenstein produced a group of Landscape paintings, the imagery of which was composed of a combination of “cartoon” and “real” brushstrokes. In 1985 he explored the theme in his series of seven prints, produced at Gemini G.E.L. Some of the images in the series refer to masterpieces by other artists, Van Gogh, for example, in RLCR 3460, The Sower, while others are invented.

Lichtenstein produced both the lithographic and the screenprinted brushstrokes by first painting the stroke on vellum, using a mixture of powdered pigment and his preferred painting medium, magna. The brushstrokes were then transferred to the photo-sensitized plates or screens, in this way retaining all the fluidity of the original stroke. The softness of these strokes is balanced by the hard-edged woodcut ones.

The great number of colors in each print, as well as the large size of the paper, made the proofing process especially complex. The use of an electric silkscreen press facilitated precise inking and registration on this scale.

(Corlett 2002, p.190)