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"We'll Always Have Paris"

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During one of countless viewings of Casablanca, I wondered why on earth I had not yet completed a piece related to the film. Immediately afterward, I wondered no more and got to work; it was time to give Ilsa and Rick the full Mod Pop Art treatment. Color always plays an important role in my work, but often it is purely aesthetic; in this case, I wanted to use color quite deliberately. I noticed that Ilsa is melancholy throughout the majority of the film, while Rick is downright angry. So I thought it would be appropriate to make Ilsa blue, literally ... and Rick would naturally be red. This is no groundbreaking use of color; in fact, it's about as basic as it gets: blue = sad, red = mad. But there are a few more layers to it. Due to their obvious deeply important connection to France, I wanted to lay out the piece to be an abstract depiction of the French flag - blue, white, red, left to right. Finally, rather than a solid color background like I often do, I thought this piece deserved something more, but I wanted to use something that appears on the surface to be merely decorative but is actually an extremely important element of the story; thus, true Casablanca aficionados will notice the background was based on the ornate design on the piano Sam plays in Rick's Café Américain. The result is one of my favorite works to date.


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  • Museum-quality archival fine art print/giclée on acid-free paper.
  • Exclusive Limited Edition run in this size and variant.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print is hand-signed and numbered by the artist in graphite.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print includes a detailed Certificate of Authenticity, signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.
All Ltd. Ed. fine art prints are printed in Austin, TX, USA by Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions using archival Canon Lucia pigment inks on acid-free premium archival matte paper (230gsm/9.5mil). Finely crafted using a professional archival process, the result is a museum-quality art print that will last 100 years or more if properly cared for. All artwork is printed to individual order as art sells, no mass-printing, so please allow 2-3 days for this printing process to complete before your art is shipped. Dimensions listed for Ltd. Ed. prints include a white border for proper matting (usually 2 inches around). Please refer to the image included showing an example of how your print will look framed on a wall (frame not included; example image not necessarily to scale).
OPEN-EDITION MINI-PRINT ARTWORK DETAILS: Mini-Prints printed on high-quality cardstock and usually include a 1-inch border. Not numbered or signed.
Artwork © John Lathrop/Plaid Design. Not officially affiliated/licensed, but 100% protected under fair use and/or parody laws due to being original artwork of a transformative nature.