Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Seascape with Clouds (Study)’, 1965, Sotheby's

Making a Mark: Selected Works on Paper from a Private Collection

Executed in 1965.

Signature: signed; dedicated To Six Friedrich in the margin

New York, James Goodman Gallery, Inc., Roy Lichtenstein: Works on Paper, A Retrospective, November 2006 - January 2007, cat. no. 49
Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roy Lichtenstein. Opera prima, September 2014 - January 2015, pl. 40, p. 48, illustrated in color

Collection of the Artist
Siegrid Friedrich, Munich (gift of the artist in 1965)
Heinrich Friedrich Galleries, Munich
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1989)
Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 1999, Lot 291A (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

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