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Tobacco Rose by Mel Ramos

Tobacco Rose
(Schepers 41)
By Mel Ramos

Image: 71 x 56 cm
Sheet: 76 x 61 cm
Edition: 200
Signed, numbered, and dated
by the artist

From ‘11 Pop Artists, Vol. II’
Printer: Knickerbocker Machine
and Foundry Inc.
Publisher: Original Editions, New York


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In this print, a comment on the relationship between sex and advertising, the artist has provocatively selected the product of the company that sponsored the ‘11 Pop Artist’ series of portfolios.

Compared with his later work, it could be said that this print is technically unsophisticated, the halftone on the figure being clearly visible. However, this is true to the screenprint process and only adds to it’s Pop appeal.

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