Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Still Life with Windmill’, 1974, Lougher Contemporary

Roy Lichtenstein (American, b. 1923) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement of the 1960s. Following a three-year stint in the army, Lichtenstein completed his degree at Ohio State University. While there, he met Hoyt L. Sherman, his professor and mentor who has been credited with influencing Lichtenstein’s future work. Shifting between cubism and expressionism, Lichtenstein’s oeuvre is characteristically marked by a highly stylized, comic book-like drawing, bright colors and very precise, graphic, compositions.

This beautiful screenprint by Roy Lichtenstein "Still Life with Windmill" is from his Six Still Lifes series. Lichtenstein had been making Still lifes for quite some time at this point in his career, such as the very popular Pop image "Sandwich and Soda." Lichtenstein approached this series very differently, as it marked the first time he deliberately explored them still lifes as a subject. One of six prints from the series, the Still Life with Windmill is particularly interesting as it has a wider scope, and includes both an indoor and outdoor scene, rather than a traditional close-up still life.

The work is from an edition of only 100 and is sold unframed. Further images and a condition report are available on request.

Signature: Numbered, signed [rf Lichtenstein], and dated ['74] in pencil, lower right. Blind stamp, lower right: [Styria Studio chop]. Stamped on verso, lower left, to right of blind stamp: [Copyright 1974 / By Roy Lichtenstein / Multiples, Inc. / & Castelli Graphics]

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