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La Fabbrica, Milan 1975 (A Life 1975) by R.B. Kitaj

La Fabbrica, Milan 1975 (A Life 1975) by R.B. Kitaj

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: hand signed by the artist

Sheet Size: 36.5 x 23.5 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Original poster for an exhibition of Petersburg Press publications at La Fabbrica, Milan in 1975. The poster is printed on fine paper and is signed by the artist lower center in pencil.

Printed in 1975, this poster features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back to the viewer. The light of a streetlamp is beautifully imitated with speckled texture that silhouettes the man. The poster reproduces his lithograph titled “A Life (A)” which is based on his pastel work Femme de Peuple II, and a pulp novel’s salacious cover.

Known for his expressive style and charged imagery, Kitaj went against the grain of abstraction during his career, producing nuanced figurative work. This poster’s moody scene displays Kitaj’s ability to evoke emotion and drama with fluid lines and bold color. This print is an example of Kitaj’s interest in playful, sensual compositions that were equally inspired by art history and popular culture.


The Artist

R.B. Kitaj

R.B. Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He enjoyed an extensive period in academia during the 1950s, first studying at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York from 1950-51, then returning in 1952. He spent time in the Merchant Navy in 1951 also attending the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna. Kitaj then went on to the Ruskin School of drawing in Oxford in 1958-9, and the Royal College of Art from 1959 to 1961. Kitaj recalled: “It was at the Royal College where, in the first week, I began my constant friendship with the amazing Hockney.”

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