Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Foot and Hand’, 1964, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

American Pop art master Roy Lichtenstein used comic strips as source material and copied their style–he blew up details and painted them composed of over-large, flat, single colored Ben Day dots–thus emulating commercial printmaking. Foot and Hand represents a gesture typical of Lichtenstein: a dramatic moment in which a foot stomps a hand covering a gun, is rendered campy and comic. In 1962 Lichtenstein showed his first Pop prints, such as Foot and Mouth, in his first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.

Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Image: 16.5" x 20.875"; Sheet (vis.): 17" x 21.125"; Mat: 25.25" x 29"

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Signature: Signed, dated, and inscribed in pencil "For Derek RF Lichtenstein 1964" lower center margin of sheet beneath image

Publisher: Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Literature: Corlett, Mary Lee. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1994. #II.4.

Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1964)

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