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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
LOT ID: 67772
This Must Be the Place, 1965

Lithograph, offset in colors
62.9 х 45.2 in. (159.77 x 114.81 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered, recto
Print/Casting Year 1965
Edition unknown
Foundry/Publisher Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Lot description
According to Lichtenstein, this image "was supposed to be Buck Rogers architecture...then, when looking at it, it began to look very thirties." Lichtenstein's description of the work perfectly encapsulates the artist's overall aesthetic that makes him one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. A universally recognizable reference in American Pop Culture, the adventures of Buck Rogers comic strips are wonderfully counterbalanced by the 1930's jazz era aesthetic that is also readily visible in 'This Must Be the Place,' providing a finished composition that is timeless and iconic.

Roy Lichtenstein (b.1923-1997) is one of the most significant founders of the Pop Art Movement, and is known for his Ben-Day dots and comic book-like aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from contemporary society, Lichtenstein employed images from pin-up portraits, comics, billboards and newspapers within his work. 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 is currently exhibiting 'Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,' which is on view until September 2012.

Unexamined outside the frame.
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