Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Water Lily Pond with Reflections’, 1992, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is printer's proof number 3 of 4 from an edition of 23 plus 7 artist's proofs, 1 bon à tirer, 2 presentation proofs, 1 NGA and 2 STA.

From the Catalogue

"I'm interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it's the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way." —Roy Lichtenstein

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, dated '92 and numbered PP III and RL92-006 on the reverse

New York, Saff Tech Arts and M. Knoedler & Co., Roy Lichtenstein: Water Lilies, 1992, n.p., illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein: Water Lilies, November - December 1992, n.p., illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
New York, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Linger, June - July 2002 (another example exhibited)

Mary Lee Cortlett, Ed., The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonnè 1948-1997, New York 2002, cat. no. 264, p. 241, illustrated in color

Clark Fine Art, Southampton
Acquired from the above by the present owner in March 2007

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