Roy Lichtenstein - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paul and Henrietta Bogatay, Columbus
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Private Collection, Montecito (acquired from the above in 1998)
    Los Angeles Modern Auctions, January 17, 2021, lot 14
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Ernst A. Busche, Roy Lichtenstein: Das Frühwerk 1942-1960, Berlin, 1988, no. 215, pp. 60, 315–316 (illustrated, p. 60)

  • 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 a Canadian Private Collection


St. Macarius Before His Monastery

signed “lichtenstein” lower right
watercolor, India ink and wax on paper
12 x 17 3/4 in. (30.5 x 45.1 cm)
Executed circa 1951.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022