Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Aspen Winter Jazz Poster’, 1967, Robert Fontaine Gallery

Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923- September 29, 1997) was an American Pop Artist from New York City. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, his work featured bright, primary colors, such as red, blue, and yellow, often depicting comic strip parodies. Some of his most famous pieces include “Oh, Jeff… I Love You, Too… But…,” “Drowning Girl,” and “Whaam!” He studied at Ohio State University, and after a three year stint in the United States Army during World War II, he earned his MFA in 1949. His first solo show was at New York City’s Carlebache Gallery in 1951. He taught at Rutgers University in 1960 where his interest in proto-pop imagery was ignited. His work has been exhibited widely internationally. Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Cologne’s Museum Ludwig house the largest permanent collections of his work.

Signature: Signed lower right and inscribed "A/P-Q for Bill Jones" Chiron Press blind stamp lower right.

M. Corlett, The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Rais. 1948-1997, New York, 2000, p.82 (illustrated)

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York

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