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Haystacks

Accession Number
2005/2.25

Title
Haystacks

Artist(s)
Roy Lichtenstein

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1969

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
20 5/8 in. x 30 3/4 in. ( 52.4 cm x 78.1 cm )

Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of David Caldwell Leedy

Subject matter
Demonstrates Lichtenstein’s use of Ben Day dots, a technique borrowed from comic book illustrations, which he applied to a well-known work from art history, a painting from Monet’s “Haystacks,” a series of works whose primary subjects were stacks of grain and the transience of light across various times of days and seasons. Completely reinterpreted, Lichtenstein’s use of Ben Day dots and a reduced palette of bright red and dark blue underscores his investigation and critique of the conventions of visual representation.

Physical Description
Brightly colored lithograph using Ben Day dots in red-orange and navy blue depicting a field, with high horizon line, two haystacks, trees, shrubs and mountains in the background, and two strips of clouds in the sky.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Rights
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Keywords
color lithographs
fields (ornament areas)
hay (material)
historical regions
landscapes (environments)

3 Related Resources

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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Humorous Appropriation
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Modern book arts and illustrations
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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