Bayview Gallery in Camden has on occasion consigned unique and special artwork by important Maine artists. Past consignments have included works by Abraham Bogdanov, Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri and Neil Welliver. Recently, Robert Indiana’s print “Die Deutsche Liebe, 1968” was included to the Bayview Gallery roster.
LOVE (Die Deutsche Liebe) was first created for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and later was included on an eight-cent United States Postal Service postage stamp in 1973, the first of their regular series of “love stamps.”
Indiana’s work often consists of bold, simple, iconic images, especially numbers and short words like EAT, HUG, and, his best known example, LOVE. He is most often associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s and is a contemporary of other Pop Art masters Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstien, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselman. Robert Indiana has been living on the island of Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay, Maine since 1978.