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Bunraku by James Rosenquist

Bunraku by James Rosenquist

Petersburg Press

Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: 60

Sheet Size: 32.5 x 23.5 inches

Reference: Constance W. Glenn Time Dust: James Rosenquist Complete Graphics 1962 - 1992, Rizzoli, New York 1993, no. 33, illustrated p. 44.


Condition: Pristine

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Lithograph printed on Arches paper. Edition 60 + 9 proofs; this impression signed by the artist and dated 1970 lower right in pencil, numbered AP 9/9 lower left in pencil.

This print depicts large, shiny bubbles that cascade over a scribbled, dense background. The sense of movement suggests Rosenquist was influenced by the dynamic performances of Bunraku.

Bunraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppetry. Nearly life-sized, they are operated by black-cloaked puppeteers, while a narrator describes the action, and a live musician provides the soundtrack. The detail of the puppets is so great they can roll their eyes and take almost any pose.


The Artist

James Rosenquist

Born in 1933, American James Rosenquist was one of the instigators of the Pop Art movement. The movement represents the integration of popular culture into fine art, and as such, Rosenquist’s previous occupation as a billboard painter helped influence his art in this direction. The characteristics of Pop Art – bright colours, dynamic shapes and the use of recognisable slogans and images – are clearly represented in Rosenquist’s work. His painting ‘F-111’ is made up of many images centred around a plane and is the size of a room.

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