Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Modern Head Relief’, Kings Wood Art
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Modern Head Relief’, Kings Wood Art

"The Modern Head series Moved rather far from its source in Jawlensky, as Lichtenstein explored an even more complex, mixture of materials and processes. The three dimensional pieces are in English walnut and in brass. and Lichtenstein completed an exquisite brass relief composed of hundreds of tiny hand tooled brass dots that functions as a segue between the sculpture in the round and the five prints." (Mary Lee Cortlett: The prints of Roy Lichtenstein, A Catalogue Raisonne. New York 2002, p.33.)

Series: multiples, multiple solid brass casting

Signature: inscribed verso on copper plate, "50/100 rf Lichtenstein '70"

Image rights: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Licensed by Viscopy


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