Roy Lichtenstein "Masterpiece"
This Artwork is:
- CUSTOM FRAMED in a BLACK FRAME
- Single Mat with Black Core V-Groove
- Framed Size : 15.5" x 15.5"
- Image Size: 8.5" x 8.5"
- Words say... "Why Brad darling, this painting is a masterpiece! My, soon you'll have all of New York clamoring for your work.""
- Original was done in 1962
- Hanging hardware included on back of frame
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THE FRAMING ALONE IS WORTH OVER $125!
Who Was Roy Lichtenstein?
Roy Fox Lichtenstein (/ˈlɪktənˌstaɪn/; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo CastelliGallery in New York City.
Whaam! and Drowning Girl are generally regarded as Lichtenstein's most famous works, with Oh, Jeff...I Love You, Too...But... arguably third. Drowning Girl, Whaam! and Look Mickey are regarded as his most influential works. His most expensive piece is Masterpiece, which was sold for $165 million in January 2017
Roy Lichtenstein grounded his inventive career in imitation, beginning by appropriating images from advertisements and comic books in the early 1960s. The source for his painting, Drowning Girl, is “Run for Love!,” the melodramatic cover story of Secret Love #83, a DC Comics comic book from 1962. In the original illustration, the drowning girl’s boyfriend appears in the background, clinging to a capsized boat. Lichtenstein dramatically cropped the image, removing the boat and the boyfriend so that the girl appears alone and centered, her head circled by a vortex of water. He also shortened the first line in the dialogue balloon, which originally read “I don’t care if I have a cramp!”, to the more ambiguous “I don’t care!” In the second line, he changed the boyfriend’s name from “Mal” to “Brad.” Explaining the appeal of comic books, Lichtenstein said, “I was very excited about, and interested in, the highly emotional content yet detached, impersonal handling of love, hate, war, etc. in these cartoon images.”
To make his painting appear mechanically produced, Lichtenstein painstakingly imitated the look of commercially printed images. Working by hand, he first copied the source image, altering its composition as he liked. He then projected and traced his sketch onto a canvas, outlining its figuresand forms in black and filling in the images with primary colors or with patterns of repeating dots that replicat