Still Life With Pitcher and Flowers by Roy Lichtenstein

Beginning in 1972, he began to work on still lifes, making his own updated contribution to the venerated historical genre, using hard, vivid color and simulated Ben-Day dots. In Still Life With Pitcher and Flowers, Lichtenstein rendered his work in flat, outlined shapes that were inspired by newspaper and print advertisements and painted to look like the originals.

Signed

Yes

Created

1974

Size

36.94 x 51.94

Medium

Prints and Multiples, lithograph and screenprint on Rives BFK paper

Genre

Pop

Still Life With Pitcher and Flowers by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein takes a modernist perspective of the picture plane by utilizing a method of commercial design through comic strips and advertisement. Lichtenstein integrates the readymade quality of screen prints and integrates a painterly gesture with the use of thick lines, flat surface planes, and obscured perspective.

Beginning in 1972, he began to work on still lifes, making his own updated contribution to the venerated historical genre, using hard, vivid color and simulated Ben-Day dots. In Still Life With Pitcher and Flowers, Lichtenstein rendered his work in flat, outlined shapes that were inspired by newspaper and print advertisements and painted to look like the originals.

Roy Lichtenstein’s early appropriation of the aesthetics of American popular culture made him integral to the development of Pop art. Roy Lichtenstein was a student of the work of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Paul Klee, Roy Lichtenstein incorporated elements of contemporary art theory and popular print media into his painting. In 1961 Roy Lichtenstein began to replicate the Benday dot system used in mass-circulation printed sources such as comics, newspapers, and billboards; this would become a signature element of Roy Lichtensteins painting and sculpture. By mimicking this industrial method and appropriating images from high and low culture, Roy Lichtenstein’s work realized a broader accessibility that had not yet been achieved in contemporary art. Roy Lichtenstein’s most recognizable series evolved from imagery drawn from popular culture: advertising images, war-time comics, and pin-up portraits, as well as traditional painting genres.