Artist: Roy Lichtenstein (1923, USA – 1997, USA)
Title: Jobs…Not Cheese! – Moffett for Senator
Medium: original offset lithograph poster after 1977 painting “Cheese Head”
Signature: Signed and numbered pencil (edition of 300)
Dimensions:Overall size: 33 x 23 1/2 in. (838 x 597 mm) || Image size: 30 1/8 x 20 1/4 in. (765 x 514 mm).
Literature/catalogue raisonne: Doering/Von der Osten 32. Image copyright © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
In 1982, Connecticut Congressman John “Toby” Moffett, a liberal Democrat who had previously worked with consumer activist Ralph Nader, ran for Senate in Connecticut. Moffett’s supporters included renowned art patrons Francis and Sydney Lewis who asked Roy Lichtenstein to create the campaign poster. The image is based on a previous poster created in 1977 for an exhibit at ACE Gallery entitled “Surrealist Paintings”, featuring Roy Lichtenstein’s famous 1977 Surrealist painting known as Cheese Head. The addition of the text “Jobs not Cheese” was an inspired campaign motto by Lichtenstein in response to then-President Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Let them eat cheese” quote referring to his stance on welfare recipients. —Courtesy of Heritage Auctions