Carp with Fly
Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
Not on View

Carp with Fly was printed using the same green ink and stone plate that was employed for a piece called Carp, created the week before. Using two more colors, Ruscha added a fly, dark shading and water drops. In several of his Tamarind prints, the artist included unexpected, somewhat incongruous objects at their actual size, such as a fly, a marble and an olive. He once remarked, “Often when an idea is so overwhelming, I use a small unlike item to ‘nag’ the theme.”


  • Artist Name: Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
  • Title: Carp with Fly
  • Date: 1969
  • Medium: Lithograph on white Arches paper; torn and deckle edges
  • Dimensions: sheet: 17-1/8 x 24 in. (43.5 x 61.0 cm); Image: 13-1/2 x 19 in. (34.3 x 48.3 cm.)
  • Publisher: Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.
  • Printer: Charles Ringness
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift
  • Accession Number: P.1972.08.017
  • Copyright: © 2012 Edward Ruscha

Object Information

Ooo: Early Prints by Ed Ruscha

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2006-09-22 to 2007-01-22

Additional Artwork by Artist

Air Ed Ruscha 1969
Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup Ed Ruscha 1966
Carp Ed Ruscha 1969

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