John Clem Clarke (United States, b. 1937), Louis XIV, 1969. Lithograph on paper. Gift of George M. Irwin 1995-9-2.4
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John Clem Clarke
Louis XIV, 1969
Lithograph on paper
Gift of George M. Irwin

In the 1960s, John Clem Clarke appropriated iconic works of art by historical European artists—not to exalt, mock, or personalize, but simply to situate the paintings within the context of mid-century America.

Here, Clarke refers to Hyacinthe Rigaud's portrait of the French King Louis XIV, who ruled as an absolute monarch and is remembered for declaring L'état c'est moi (I am the State).

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Selected by Anne Sautman and Jon Seydl