Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Brushstroke (Castelli mailer)’, 1965, Thomas French Fine Art

Published by Leo Castelli to announce Lichtenstein's exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, 20 November - 16 December 1965.
Printer: Total Color, New York

A very rare hand signed example, signed on the verso as part of the return address for the mailing.

Excellent fresh colors with usual folds as an invitation. Framed in a black welded corner frame with OP3 plexi glass.

Signature: Signed to lower edge 'R. Lichtenstein'; Also signed in ink by the artist on verso as part of the return address. This invitation was sent directly by Lichtenstein to a client.

Publisher: Leo Castelli

The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997, Corlett, pg. 285, pl. II.5

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