b. 1923
- d. 1997
  • United States
Turnover 2023
$USD 38.160.587
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$USD 95.365.000

Roy Lichtenstein’s journey into art began with formal training, studying under influential artists like Reginald Marsh and Jean Léger. During his teaching stints in the 1950s, Lichtenstein’s distinct artistic voice began to take shape, marked by his fascination with the visual language of comic strips, advertisements, and popular culture imagery.

Lichtenstein’s breakthrough arrived in the early 1960s when he introduced his iconic style of appropriating and transforming comic book panels into monumental paintings. Employing meticulously rendered Benday dots to mimic the mechanical printing process, he subverted the distinction between high and low art, provocatively challenging traditional notions of artistic creation and aesthetic hierarchy. His works, often featuring enlarged fragments of comic dialogues and dramatic scenes, encapsulated the zeitgeist of an era dominated by mass media and consumerism.

Beyond comics, Lichtenstein’s oeuvre expanded to encompass a broader cultural lexicon. He reimagined iconic paintings from art history, such as Picasso’s “Girl before a Mirror” and Matisse’s “The Dance,” reinterpreting them through his signature style. This act of appropriation, tinged with irony and parody, both celebrated and critiqued the canon of art history. Moreover, Lichtenstein’s fascination with three-dimensionality led to his exploration of sculptures that transformed two-dimensional comic elements into tangible forms.

The profundity of Lichtenstein’s impact cannot be overstated, as his works became emblematic of Pop Art’s essence. His bold, vivid palette and crisp lines resonated with a generation grappling with the explosion of mass media and commercial imagery. While his works may initially seem to possess a veneer of simplicity, they reveal layers of complexity upon closer examination, exploring themes of identity, desire, and the nature of representation itself.

Lichtenstein’s influence reverberated across various creative realms, from fine arts to music, film, and fashion. His collaborations with renowned artists like Andy Warhol and collaborations with musicians like The Beatles exemplified his interdisciplinary approach. Although his work was initially met with controversy and skepticism, it ultimately solidified his position as an avant-garde visionary, breaking new ground and opening dialogues about the intersections of art and culture.


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Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)
Nurse (1964)

Lot # 13/a
Mixed media (oil and Magna)/canvas
121 x 121 cm


New York NY, United States
The Artist’s Muse
09 nov 2015

Hammer price: $ 85,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 95,365,000

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