Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Pop Art Tapestry Rug by Roy Lichtenstein’, Mid 20th Century, Nazmiyal Collection

Pop Art Rug by Roy Lichtenstein, Origin: India, Circa: Mid- 20th Century – The artist uses the primary colors blue, yellow and red to form geometric shapes reminiscent of elements used in Cubism. Roy Lichtenstein skillfully uses black lines to outline and define the forms. A solid vertical black line divides the rug into two unequal parts. The designs on the left are comprised of angular rhombic shapes of diamonds, triangles and cubes, while those on the larger, right side include ovals, circles and arcs superimposed over a background of rhombic forms that balance the two sides. The artist’s use of color achieves the same effect of balanced asymmetry. Yellow dominates the larger frame, defining an eye and long yellow hair suggesting a female figure. Strong dark colors of black and blue accentuate the form on the left side suggestive of a male figure. Diagonal lines drawn within the primary figures on each side create the cartoon effects that are the signature of Lichtenstein’s works.

Signature: Woven Roy Lichtenstein

Image rights: Nazmiyal Collection

Manufacturer: Modern Masters

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