Roy Lichtenstein is one of the world’s leading figure of the American Pop art movement during the 1960s, alongside major artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody. Favoring pop culture comic strips and mass media as inspiration, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Reflections Collection, produced between 1988 and 1990, is devoted to his later career. Paintings included in this collection are the type of images Lichtenstein might have made twenty-five years earlier when he first gained artistic acclaim. In the 60’s, he developed a style that highlighted the industrial printing methods used in the production of his source material, the Benday dot. Now seen through a printed frame, the works of his Reflections series are partly obscured by semi-abstract blocks of colour and pattern, both printed and collaged to the surface of the print and complete with representations light. It is as if the image shown is behind glass or reflected in another surface.
By reducing all this to a series of coloured Benday dots of commercial printers, something little more than decorative, Lichtenstein embodied all that Pop art stood for in one image. Adding his reflections to the image, Lichtenstein felt, further personified Pop’s self-referentiality. He viewed this combination of motifs as a culmination of all his ideas. “I like the idea of the brushstroke on ‘printed’ canvas, and then with reflections it is even better. That’s why I like Reflections on Brushstrokes. It shows all of the paint and it has the glass in front, and the canvas and brushstrokes, so it encompasses all that is art – more or less.”
Of his own work Lichtenstein would say that the Abstract Expressionists “put things down on the canvas and responded to what they had done, to the color positions and sizes. My style looks completely different, but the nature of putting down lines pretty much is the same; mine just don’t come out looking calligraphic, like Pollock’s or Kline’s.” Rather than attempt to reproduce his subjects, Lichtenstein’s prints tackled the way in which the mass media portrays them.
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