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  • "Sometimes I wonder
    Why I spend the lonely nights
    Dreaming of a song
    The melody
    Haunts my reverie"

    • Provenance

      Waddington Graphics, London
      Peder Lund Gallerie, Norway
      Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in the late 1990s

    • Literature

      Mary Lee Corlett 38

    • 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 an Important Private Collection


Reverie, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II (C. 38)

Screenprint in colours, on smooth wove paper, with full margins.
I. 69 x 58.5 cm (27 1/8 x 23 in.)
S. 76.3 x 61.4 cm (30 x 24 1/8 in.)

Signed and numbered 63/200 in pencil (there were also 50 copies in Roman numerals and approximately 5 artist's proofs), published by Original Editions, New York, framed.

Full Cataloguing

£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £126,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2021