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  • Roy Lichtenstein. © Bob Adelman / Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
    Roy Lichtenstein. © Bob Adelman / Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
    • Provenance

      Bob Adelman, Miami (gifted by the artist circa 1994)
      Thence by descent to the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, James Goodman Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein: Works on Paper: A Retrospective, November 20, 2006–January 30, 2007

    • 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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Property from the Estate of Bob Adelman


Drawing for Inaugural Print

signed and dated "rf Lichtenstein '77" on the reverse
pencil and colored pencil on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.8 x 22.2 cm)
Executed in 1977.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $35,280

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021