Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Ceramic Sculpture 13’, Christie's

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

Ceramic Sculpture 13

signed and dated 'rf Lichtenstein 1965' (on the underside)

glazed ceramic

9 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 7 in. (24.1 x 16.5 x 17.8 cm.)

Executed in 1965.

Signature: signed and dated 'rf Lichtenstein 1965' (on the underside)

New York, Castelli Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes & Ceramics, November-December 1965.

_Roy Lichtenstein: Ceramic Sculpture,_exh. cat., Long Beach, California State University, February-March 1977, pp. 16 and 60 (installation view illustrated).

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Leon Kraushaar, New York

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, New York

By descent to the present owner

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