Roy Lichtenstein - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 16, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Saff Tech Arts, Oxford, Maryland

  • Exhibited

    London, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein, February 28 – March 21, 2004 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Galleria Lawrence Rubin and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, eds., Roy Lichtenstein’s Last Still Life, Milan, 1998, no. 3 (illustrated); Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, ed., Roy Lichtenstein, New York, 1999, no. 3 (illustrated); M.L. Corlett, The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raissonné 1948-1997, New York, 2002, no. 308, p. 276 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Brushstroke Still Life with Lamp, executed in 1997, is one of the last still lives completed by Lichtenstein. Its two companion pieces, Still Life with Coffee Pot and Still Life with Box remain unfinished works from the artist’s career.

    Lichtenstein oversaw every detail of the work’s fabrication process, watching over the entire printing process first-hand, designing the frame and laying his brushstroke as the finishing touch. What results is a dynamic fusion of color and bold line, capturing the artist’s enigmatic style.

  • 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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Brushstroke Still Life with Lamp

Screen-printed oil based enamel ink and hand-painted magna on a honey comb-core aluminum panel in artist’s wooden frame.
49 1/2 x 68 in. (125.7 x 172.7 cm).
Signed, numbered of 24 and dated “R. Lichtenstein ‘97” along right edge. This work is from an edition of twenty-four, plus eight artist’s proofs and three printer’s proofs.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York