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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
LOT ID: 68727
Reflections on Brushstrokes (from Reflections series), 1990

Lithograph, Screenprint, Woodcut, Mixed Media
57 х 71 in. (144.78 x 180.34 cm.)
Signed, dated, and numbered, lower right
Edition 51/68
Foundry/Publisher Tyler Graphics
Lot description
The largest print from the "Reflections" series, archival framed and in excellent condition.

This work is one of seven different pieces that make up Roy Lichtenstein’s Reflections series, which the legendary Pop artist created in 1990. Considered late masterpieces, Lichtenstein revisits central themes from his early Pop Art pieces in his later works, adding new and complex ideas. He created the "Reflections" series by taking a Pop image and obscuring it with reflective streaks, creating a trompe l'oeil effect, as if the image was behind glass or reflected in a mirror. This work, "Reflections on Brushstroke," is the most autobiographical piece in the series. A series of meandering lines against a mechanized background represents Lichtenstein’s critique of the value applied to the "hand of the artist." The work is a tour-de-force of complicated printmaking by Ken Tyler at his state of the art facility, Tyler Graphics, in Mount Kisco, New York (since closed after Tyler’s retirement in 2000).

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the most significant artists of the American Pop Art movement, and is known for his Ben-Day dot paintings and comic strip aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from contemporary society, Lichtenstein employed source imagery from pin-up portraits, comics, billboards and newspapers. After receiving his degree from Ohio State University, Lichtenstein moved to New York City, determined to make a name for himself. His influence in the art world is still paramount today. The Art Institute of Chicago recently exhibited 'Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,' which was open through September 2012.
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Reflections on Brushstrokes (from Reflections series) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Reflections on Brushstrokes (from Reflections series) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Reflections on Brushstrokes (from Reflections series) by Roy Lichtenstein
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