Biography: “Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is preeminently identified with Pop Art, a movement he helped originate, and his first fully achieved paintings were based on imagery from comic strips and advertisements and rendered in a style mimicking the crude printing processes of newspaper reproduction. These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and altered the history of modern art. Lichtenstein’s success was matched by his focus and energy, and after his initial triumph in the early 1960s, he went on to create an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects celebrated for their wit and invention.” (from the Lichtenstein Foundation website)
Date Acquired: July 14, 2020
Location Acquired: Jasper52 via LiveAuctioneers.com
Size: 9 3/8″ x 6 3/8″
Personal Connection: None, but this is Roy Lichtenstein! Who would not want a piece of his artwork in their collection? Unfortunately it’s not an original, but it’s better than not having anything, right? This smaller-size lithograph of an original lithograph was issued in 1969 by Gemini G.E.L. of Los Angeles (the same atelier that printed the full-size original Lichtenstein lithograph). The Gemini G.E.L. copyright is printed beneath the image (the second photo shows the full sheet). Done in homage to Claude Monet, this vintage 1969 Pop Art classic print is best appreciated when viewed from a distance. This smaller version is itself now quite scarce. Not signed.
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