Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Vintage Rug’, ca. 1950, Nazmiyal Collection

Vintage Roy Lichtenstein Rug, India, Mid-20th Century – Here is a dynamic and exciting vintage carpet – a vintage rug from the middle of the twentieth century featuring a beautiful image crafted by the peerless Roy Lichtenstein. One of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, Lichtenstein is renowned for his unique and avant-garde aesthetic, which shares similarities with early twentieth century pulp and comic art. Before Lichtenstein began creating gallery worthy art depicting mid-century figures colored in dots and drawn with heavy black lines, this style was regarded as unappealing – sort of as the lowest common denominator in the art world. After Lichtenstein, however, the entire notion of high art and low art began to disintegrate. This charming carpet, which features a simple still life composition, offers a great deal of insight into the nature of Lichtenstein’s unique aesthetic. In the mid-19th century, a scene like this would have been rendered in an impressionist aesthetic; in the mid-20th century, however, that would no longer be appropriate. Lichtenstein was a unique figure whose vision moved the entire art world forward.w York City to an upper-middle-class Jewish family. During his teenage years, he became a passionate fan of jazz, and one of his first artistic pursuits was drawing the portraits of musicians that he saw play at the popular Apollo Theater in Harlem. After finishing high school, Lichtenstein enrolled in the University of Ohio’s studio art program, and began working toward a career as an artist. Eventually, he attained his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the school, and accepted a teaching position as a studio art instructor there, which he held for over ten years.

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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