Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Study for Little Aviation’, Christie's

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

Study for Little Aviation

signed and dated 'rf Lichtenstein '68' (lower right)

graphite and color pencil on paper

image: 16 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (41.2 x 22.2 cm.)

sheet: 21 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (53.9 x 33.3 cm.)

Executed in 1968.

Signature: graphite and color pencil on paper

New York, Museum of Modern Art; Amsterdam, Museum Overholland; Tel Aviv Museum; Dublin, Trinity College, The Douglas Hyde Gallery; Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle; Oxford, Museum of Modern Art and Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein, March 1987-November 1988, p. 187, no. 74.

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to 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