Roy Lichtenstein - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tyler Graphics Ltd., New York; Private Collection, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    Frederic Tuten, Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes, Six Painted Reliefs, New York, 1986, illustrated in color, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    "With his characteristic sense of irony, Lichtenstein addressed issues of three-dimensional actuality, creating sculptural interpretations of two-dimensional images. He translated motifs as varied as a mirror, steam rising from a coffee cup, light streaming from a lamp, a whiplash brushstroke, and an expressionist head. By maintaining the flatness, altering the scale, and using Benday dots or reflective surfaces, he subverted the three-dimensional nature of sculpture and redefined its meaning." (D. Waldman, Roy Lichenstein: Reflections, Rome, 1999, p. 52-53)By the 1980s Lichtenstein worked more with sculpture than previously in his career. The present lot is an example of this convergence of media, which reflects his distinctive painting techniques in a different form: three-dimensionality. Lichtenstein's early paintings of large brushstrokes were satirical works that commercialized the abstract expressionist style. Moving toward sculpture Lichtenstein places this sardonic tone in a new ironic context by creating sculptures of brushstrokes revealing Lichtenstein as "the master of the stereotype, and the most sophisticated of the major Pop artists in terms of his analysis of visual convention and his ironic exploitation of past styles." (Taken from


Brushstroke III

Acrylic paint on cherry wood.
162.6 x 68.6 x 29.9 cm. (64 x 27 x 11 5 6/8 in).
Signed 'R. Lichtenstein' on the reverse. This work is from an edition of ten.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £97,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm