Roy Lichtenstein

Rouen Cathedral 2

1969
This set of prints is based upon a famous series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral done by Claude Monet, who executed approximately forty versions between 1892 and 1894. Whereas Monet was interested in exploring the changing atmospheric effects of light and colour on the cathedral at different times of day or season, Lichtenstein's efforts had little to do with Impressionism and everything to do with form. In both his prints and paintings of Rouen Cathedral, the subject is easily recognizable from a distance, but dissolves into abstraction at close range. By composing these images solely with colour applied through a screen of Benday dots - a technique borrowed from comic strips and used throughout his career - Lichtenstein achieved an appearance of mechanical reproduction in which traditional signs of human creation such as drawing or brushwork were absent.
Title
Rouen Cathedral 2
Date
1969
Medium
Print
Materials
lithograph in red and blue on Arjomari wove paper
Dimensions
123.2 x 82.6 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1978
Accession number
18995.2