This original lithograph by American artist Jim Dine titled “Four Hearts” is an exhibition poster for a 1971 show at the National Galerie of Berlin. Lovely and beguiling, this poster shows four hearts in differing colors - red, blue, black and yellow. Arranged in a square, they’re all very similar yet all quite different. And perhaps what is most important, not one of them is perfect. Each is "unique" in its own way.
Hearts are an oft-repeated theme in Dine’s work. When asked how many hearts he had painted over his long career, he responded “millions,” then added that he actually had no idea but that he used hearts as a template for all his emotions and as a landscape for everything. With his heart images he has explored the interrelationships of color, texture, form and composition in a variety of media, including drawing, print, painting and sculpture. As a self-described romantic artist, he has claimed the heart as his personal symbol.
Jim Dine (b. 1935) began his career in the early 1960s and has been a creative force in the art world since then. He is often grouped with the pop artists of that era, but early on he developed his own style of incorporating popular symbols that reflected his introspective viewpoint and his personal and emotional experiences in prints, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and poetry.
Everyone should own a Jim Dine heart poster. It’s an uplifting, life-affirming experience. Tired and out of sorts? Just look at this poster and be reminded of what is important and beautiful in your world. Let Jim Dine's hearts work their magic on you.