MEL RAMOS "MANET'S OLYMPIA" LITHO, 1974
We've long been a fan of Mel Ramos (1935 - 2018) and his cheeky/sexy pop art images.
In the last few years his reputation has been solidified and major canvases achieve upwards of half a million at auction.
Ramos certainly has the pedigree - he was a student and a confidant of Wayne Thiebaud.
Ramos was also one of the first American artists to appropriate images from comic books.
His works were included in the seminal show at LACMA in 1963 alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Reinterpreting or paying homage to a masterpiece is an essential activity in an artist's career. In the 1970's Ramos updated some of the most iconic grand museum nudes in his unmistakable "cheesecake" approach. This a prime example, revisiting Manet's scandalous "Olympia" painting from 1865. Click here to learn more about this masterpiece.
Mel Ramos was fascinated by Art History and revered his predecessors whether from previous centuries or decades. Click here to check out his homage to Willem de Kooning.
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Signed, numbered and dated by the artist
From an edition of 150
Lithograph on wove paper
Very good condition.
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