Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Imperfect 44 3/4" x 103", from Imperfect Series’, 1988, Christie's

Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 26/45 (there were also fourteen artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and inkstamp on the reverse, with full margins, foxing and moisture staining in places throughout, losses in places to the silver collage elements, framed
Image: 40 7/8 x 93 in. (1038 x 2362 mm.)
Sheet: 44 ¾ x 103 in. (1137 x 2616 mm.)

Corlett 220; Gemini 1361

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