Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Still Life with Picasso (C. 127)’, 1973, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Signed in pencil, dated and inscribed 'A/P', one of 30 artist's proofs aside from the numbered edition of 90, from the Hommage à Picasso portfolio, on Arches 88 wove paper, with the blindstamp of the printer, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, published by Proyläen Verlag, Berlin and Panthéone Presse, Rome, framed.

image: 722 by 532 mm 28 3/8 by 21 in
sheet: 762 by 560 mm 30 by 22 in

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