Roy Lichtenstein - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, New York
    Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Inc., Roy Lichtenstein: Works on Paper, November 20, 2006 - January 15, 2007, no. 10
    New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Roy Lichtenstein: The Popular Image, November 10 - December 19, 2014
    New York, Van De Weghe Fine Art, Roy Lichtenstein: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, September 24 - November 20, 2015
    Norton Museum of Art, Miami, Spotlight: Lichtenstein and Monet, July 5, 2016 - August 21, 2016

  • Artist Biography

    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most influential and innovative American artists of the post-war period, Roy Lichtenstein ushered in the prominence of Pop Art through his high-impact representations of consumer imagery, common entertainment, and the accoutrements of contemporary life rendered in the Ben-Day dots of contemporary comic strips. Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with often-disparaged commercial source imagery from an ironic distance as he considered the nature of the banal and probed the boundaries of what fine art could be.


    While Lichtenstein’s early Pop work cemented his status as one of the main figures of one of the most iconic and original movements of postmodernism, he continued to develop his practice over the course of the following decades until his death in 1997. Retaining his characteristic comic style and ironic distance, Lichtenstein engaged new and disparate influences from Abstract Expressionism to Chinese landscape painting to evolve the subject of his own work and consider the contradictions of representation, style, and substance. Lichtenstein is a central figure in the 20th century art historical canon and accordingly his work is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Water Lilies Tapestry (Study)

signed and dated "rf Lichtenstein '95" on the reverse
graphite and colored pencil on paper
image 4 x 9 in. (10.2 x 22.9 cm.)
sheet 8 x 13 1/8 in. (20.3 x 33.3 cm.)

Executed in 1995, this work will be included in the catalogue raisonné being prepared by The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and is included in their online works listing.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $106,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017