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Front cover

Complete Cover

Back cover design by Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian 1929-)


Artist: Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997)

Plate: 1C.01C

Title: Rose (Portfolio Cover)

Description: Condition A+
Original Screenprint on linen over board on
Front cover as issued.
(includes complete cover)
From the One Cent Life Portfolio
From edition of 2000
Printed by Maurice Beaudet, Paris, 1964
Published by E.W. Kornfield, Bern, Switzerland
Unsigned/unnumbered as issued

Reference: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein:
A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1993, Corlett.

Image is printed to edge of the front cover
and spine with back cover art by Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian 1929-) see photo

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Front cover Size: 13 1/8 in x 16 1/4 in
  23.3 cm x 41.2 cm
Full cover Size 25 in x 16 1/4 in
  63.5 cm x 41.2 cm

Price: $450.00 USD Complete cover

"Lichtenstein's Rose appears on the cover of One Cent Life. Wallace Ting (The Author) asked Lichtenstein in a letter to do the cover: The front cover is a rose, Sam Francis and I think a long time and we thought only you can do it. I mean sometimes a rose may be a camelia, even better... I wish to have a rose lying down as a girl' (correspondence in Lichtenstein's files June 4 1963). It relates to a poem by Ting wrote in the portfolio, entitled Second Hand Rose lying on Second Avenue, begins: A man bought a rose day and night after five days throws out window second avenue." (The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein)

Roy Lichtenstein by Robert Mapplethorpe   
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tonque-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style.

He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting"His most expensive piece is Masterpiece, which was Sold for $165 million in January 2017, which is among the 10 most expensive paintings ever sold.

Portfolio Dust Jacket

One Cent Life Portfolio
The 1964 One Cent Life Portfolio was written by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis, and published by E.W. Kornfeld. This ambitious project of loose limited edition color lithographs, beautifully incorporates American Pop and European Expressionism.

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The complete portfolio includes 62 original lithographs by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Bram Van Velde, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and other American and European POP artists.

"It very quickly became the manifesto of a new generation of painters and the expression of the new pictorial research that they were engaged in….” (Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.)

"Pop art was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein. With his unique combination of technical invention, deadpan humor, and cultural daring, Roy Lichtenstein moved the line between commercial and fine art and changed the way we look at our world. It is impossible to imagine contemporary art without his signature dots." (National Gallery of Art, www.nga.org)

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