Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Reflections on Girl (from Reflections Series)’, 1990, Heritage Auctions
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Reflections on Girl (from Reflections Series)’, 1990, Heritage Auctions
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Reflections on Girl (from Reflections Series)’, 1990, Heritage Auctions

A.P. 13/16. Heritage Auctions is pleased to feature a major work by Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Girl, 1990. The print is in the iconic style of Lichtenstein with punchy primary colors, ben-day dots, and heavy black outlines. Lichtenstein used a cliché image of a 1960s female beauty that he found in a comic book titled "Falling in Love." Rather than copying the image outright, Lichtenstein made the woman even more "stereotypical" by changing her hair color to blonde and adding his own thought-bubble text. He partially obscured the female and text with metalized PVC collage, making her an abstract image of reflections. By removing the original context and hiding his subject behind glass, Lichtenstein leaves his heroine confined and conflicted. The viewer must guess at the events in the narrative and can't fully grasp what is taking place. This creates an intentional emotional distance between the viewer and the melodrama of the scene. The artist draws attention to the image as a flat and somewhat meaningless construction. By cleverly reworking the original comic illustration, Lichtenstein symbolically underscores the manner in which all stereotypes are constructed.

Condition Report: This work is in excellent condition; tabbed along edges verso; one minute spot of discoloration near the upper center of the image located in the navy and white stripes; a few very faint possible hairline abrasions to the silver embossing.

Signature: Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil lower right

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Published by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York

Corlett, 245

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