Corlett Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints of Roy Lichtenstein

I.8. Six Still Lifes Series, 1974

Corlett 128–133

Although he had been doing “still life” from the time of his early Pop paintings and prints, such as the painting RLCR 661, Turkey, 1961 (Waldman 1971b, no. 4) or the print RLCR 944, Sandwich and Soda, Lichtenstein explicitly explored still life as a subject in a group of paintings executed during the mid-seventies (especially from about 1972 to 1974). The term Still Life usually appeared in the titles of these works, which often included a brief and matter-of-fact description of the contents of the image, such as Still Life with Goldfish (1972).

The prints of the Six Still Lifes series, executed in lithography and screenprint at Styria Studio, New York, were published by Multiples, Inc., and Castelli Graphics. As a group they suggest a capsule summary of the subject, representing several different still-life “types”:  from food (Yellow Still Life) to objets d’art (Still Life with Figurine) to objects grouped thematically (Still Life with Lobster). Other still-life prints from this period include RLCR 2212, Still Life with Picasso and RLCR 2316, Untitled (Still Life with Lemon and Glass).

(Corlett 2002, p.134)