Roy Lichtenstein

Reverie (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. II') (1965)

About this artwork

Lichtenstein’s work of the mid-1960s is dominated by images of women, often taken directly from comic-strip stories from girls’ comics such as ‘Secret Hearts’. These heroines, who were typically blonde, are instantly recognisable as the glamorous and perfect all-American girl but at the same time are far removed from reality. Lichtenstein would often retain the thought and speech bubbles from the original illustrations to keep a dramatic dimension in his image. As demonstrated in this print, he would simplify the background to focus on the face, which took up the largest portion of the image. Lichtenstein’s previous paintings and prints had taken images from advertisements for domestic appliances and boy’s war comics.

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  • title: Reverie (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. II')
  • accession number: GMA 1335
  • artist: Roy LichtensteinAmerican (1923 - 1997)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Pop Art Music
  • materials: Screenprint on paper (no. 24)
  • date created: 1965
  • measurements: 76.20 x 60.90 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1975
  • copyright: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2016.

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

New York artist Lichtenstein began making paintings inspired by consumer culture as a reaction against the emotional involvement of Abstract Expressionism. He was inspired by comic-strip illustrations, which he enlarged. Although his works may look as if they are made by a machine, Lichtenstein would begin by painting through a perforated metal screen to make the regular pattern of dots, like those used to form areas of colour in magazine pictures. He then painted the solid colour and finally the black outlines. Although he worked in a modern style, the subjects of his work were often traditional, such as portraits, still life, landscapes and genre paintings.