35 x 28 cm art print featuring the vibrant ‘pop art’ artwork Reverie (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. II') by Roy Lichtenstein from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Paper size 35 x 28 cm, image size 30 x 22 cm plus white border.
Lichtenstein’s work of the mid-1960s is dominated by images of women, often taken directly from comic-strip stories from girls’ comics such as ‘Secret Hearts’. These heroines, who were typically blonde, are instantly recognisable as the glamorous and perfect all-American girl but at the same time are far removed from reality.
Lichtenstein would often retain the thought and speech bubbles from the original illustrations to keep a dramatic dimension in his image. As demonstrated in this print, he would simplify the background to focus on the face, which took up the largest portion of the image. Lichtenstein’s previous paintings and prints had taken images from advertisements for domestic appliances and boy’s war comics.
Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement.