Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Figures with Rope, from the 'Surrealist Series'’, 1978, Lougher Contemporary

Roy Lichtenstein (American, b. 1923) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement of the 1960s. Following a three-year stint in the army, Lichtenstein completed his degree at Ohio State University. While there, he met Hoyt L. Sherman, his professor and mentor who has been credited with influencing Lichtenstein’s future work. Shifting between cubism and expressionism, Lichtenstein’s oeuvre is characteristically marked by a highly stylized, comic book-like drawing, bright colors and very precise, graphic, compositions.

Unlike early prints where Lichtenstein used photographic and mechanical processes to obtain the clean, mechanized look, for the Surrealist Series, he drew directly on the plates and stones. In “Figures with Rope” Lichtenstein plays with the tropes of Surrealism, and in particular the visual vocabulary of early Picasso.

The work is from an edition of just 38 and is with the exception of mount burn on the reverse (only visible out of the frame), it is sold in good condition. Further images and a condition report are available on request.

Signature: Numbered, signed [rf Lichtenstein], and dated ['78] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower right: [copyright symbol and Gemini G.E.L. chop]. Stamped on verso, lower left: [(c) Gemini G.E.L. 1978]. Workshop number on verso in pencil, lower left, beneath stamp

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