Road Before The Forest
(Corlett 213), 1985
(From Landscapes Series)
lithograph, woodcut & screenprint on Arches 88 paper
40 1/8 x 55 3/8 inches
37 1/8 x 52 3/8 inches (image size)
40 1/4 x 56 1/2 inches (frame size)
edition: 60 impressions with 11 AP's
numbered, signed "rf Lichtenstein" & dated ''85" in pencil, lower right
Blind stamp lower right: © and Gemini G.E.L. chopmark
stamped verso, lower left: "© Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles"
workshop number on verso in pencil, lower left: "RL85-1119"
Printed & Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Both the aluminum plates and the screens were created using powdered pigment with magna medium applied to vellum, exposed in direct contact to positive photo plates and photo-sensitive screens. The woodblocks were 5/8 in. 12-ply Finnish Birch.
M. Corlett, The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1993, New York, 1994, no. 213 another impression reproduced in color.
Selected Museum Collections
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Roy Lichtenstein Landscape Series
In 1985 Roy Lichtenstein collaborated with Gemini G.E.L., to create seven Landscapes Series limited edition prints, one of many collaborations with the Gemini G.E.L. printshop since the beginning of their relationship in 1969.
Roy Lichtenstein had previously utilized elements from 20th century art movements as a way to elaborate on his signature Pop Art style – Cubism with the Bull Profile Series, German Expressionism with the Expressionist Woodcuts, and Geometric Abstraction with the Imperfect Series.
For the Landscape Series, Roy Lichtenstein references both cartoon and realistic looking brushstrokes, appropriated from his 60's Brushstroke works. Of the seven prints from the Landscape Series, Road Before the Forest (C. 213) utilizes a large palate of 27 colors, ranging from bocour blue/light blue to transparent copper.Other impressions from Roy Lichtenstein's Landscapes Series are in the Museum Collections of National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.