Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) – Major US-American Pop Art artist
Signed ‘rf Lichtenstein’ lower right in pencil
Catalogue raisonn: Corlett II.1
The authenticity of the work has been confirmed by Klaus Benden in July 2016 based on high-resolution photos
Edited by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Printed by Colorcraft, New York
Image dimensions: 43.8 x 59 cm, sheet dimensions: 45.7 x 60.8 cm
Provenance: Private collection Finland, inherited
‘Crying Girl’ was published in an unnumbered edition for Lichtenstein’s exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, which took place from September to October 1963. Part of the edition was printed with the sender address of Castelli at the reverse, folded twice and mailed, while other prints without text, but mostly with the artist's signature, were sold or given away during the exhibition.
The sheet is mounted under a mat to the top edge The colors of the print are a little faded; otherwise the work is in very good condition.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Besides Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein is probably the best known representative of Pop Art. Pop Art was formed in the 1950s independently in the USA and England and spread throughout North America and Europe in the 1960s. The motifs of Pop Art originate from everyday life, the mass media, advertising and the consumer world. The illustrations are mostly striking and photo-realistic. The forms are – like in Roy Lichtenstein’s work – often outlined in black color, equally to comics, as well as designed in primary colors. Thematically, Pop Art deals with both the enthusiasm and the criticism of the affluent society of the 1950s and 1960s.
In his early work, Roy Lichtenstein was still strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso and his Blue and Rose Period. The first signs of Pop Art in his work can be found in 1956. The international breakthrough came in 1961 with his work ‘Look Mickey’. From the 1980s onwards, he returned to his artistic roots, which can be found in Surrealism and Expressionism. Roy Lichtenstein exhibited at the documenta in Kassel in 1968 and 1977. In addition to paintings, he created serigraphs and woodblock prints, collages, ceramics and sculptures. (cko)
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