Reflections on Conversation. 1990. Silkscreen, lithograph, woodcut and collaged PVC. Corlette 240. Signed, dated and numbered. Verso inscribed "RL 89-979". From an edition of 68 copies. On board by Somerset. 120 x 154.5 cm (47.2 x 60.8 in). Sheet: 137 x 170 cm (53,9 x 66,9 in). Printed and released by Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mont Kisco, New York (with the blindstamp).
PROVENANCE: Christie´s New York, 10 May, 1994, lot 605. Private collection Baden-Württemberg.
Our dynamic print –worth noting that one copy is in the possession of Tate Modern in London – belongs to Lichtenstein's popular “Reflections” series. In these works from the late 1980s he draws on earlier artworks created by himself and by others. In our case the depicted scene which he realized in his iconic Pop Art manner resembles a comic strip conversation. The abstract stripes as references to Lichtenstein's “mirror” series (since 1969) prominently overlie the scene. This “double self quotation” holds an ambiguous meaning in “Reflections on Conversation”: On one hand, literally taken, there is the representation of a specular reflection on a painting. On the other hand the mirroring figuratively generates a reflection on the underlying image, a meditation on the illusion and the reality of art - and on his own oeuvre as well. With this conceptual work Lichtenstein is in line with the epoch even in 1990.