Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Musical Notes (Composition IV)’, 1995, Fine Art Auctions Miami
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Musical Notes (Composition IV)’, 1995, Fine Art Auctions Miami

In Musical Notes (Composition IV), notes and colors meld and dance together in this vibrant work. True to Lichtenstein’s pop art aesthetic, radiant colors, lines and grids are in geometric harmony. More impressive is Lichtenstein’s ability to transform this work on paper into a multisensory experience. Looking closely, we not only appreciate its visual beauty but also experience its musical quality. It is all too easy to imagine that the music notes dancing on paper could also be the same music notes springing to life from swift piano keys. These qualities ensure this dynamic piece will be enjoyed by music and art lovers alike. —Courtesy of Fine Art Auctions Miami

In good condition. Framed: 25 x 30 inches.

Signature: Signed, dated, and numbered lower right.

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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