Robert Indiana, ‘The American Love’, 1975, Heritage Auctions

Robert Indiana began experimenting with LOVE in 1958 when he began placing the letter LO above VE for a poem he was working on. The image stuck a cord in the 1960s in an era of peace protests and love-ins. The image and wording has since become an instantly recognizable icon in today’s society. —Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Signature: Stamped signed, dated and titled.

About Robert Indiana

One of the central figures of the Pop Art movement, Robert Indiana takes his inspiration from commercial signs, claiming: “There are more signs than trees in America. There are more signs than leaves. So I think of myself as a painter of American landscape.” In his paintings, sculptures, and prints, he mimics and re-arranges the words and numbers of a myriad of signs, including the Phillips 66 gas station logo and the “Yield” traffic sign. He is most famous for his “Love” paintings and sculptures, first produced in the 1960s. Creating a block out of the word—with the “L” and the “O” set atop the “V” and the “E”—Indiana has effectively inserted his own sign into the mix. His “LOVE” painting was reproduced on a postage stamp in 1973; his “LOVE” sculptures are installed in public spaces worldwide.

American, b. 1928, New Castle, Indiana, based in New York, New York