The Heavier-than-Air Machine (The Flying Machine)

The Heavier-than-Air Machine (The Flying Machine)


Roy Lichtenstein

(American, 1923-1997)

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the artist


Support: Japanese paper

Platemark: 31.6 x 38.6 cm (12 7/16 x 15 3/16 in.); Sheet: 37.5 x 45.4 cm (14 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.)

Gift of Henry Steinberg on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1986.127

Catalogue raisonné: Corlett, 23

Impression: unknown; plus unknown number of unnumbered proofs, including 1 AP, 1 state proof, and 1 proof inscribed (1



Like so many of Lichtenstein's early prints, The Heavier-than-Air-Machine is a whimsical comment on the artist's ongoing interest in such serious enterprises as science and engineering. This print is a playful conception of an early airplane, in which the motor, wings, and markings have been segmented into red, blue, and umber forms, but the tail assembly has been left intact.

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