Interior with Chair, from Leo Castelli 90th Birthday portfolio, 1997
Signed by Dorothy Lichtenstein (the artist's widow and Executor of the Estate), dated '98' and numbered from an edition of 90 (there were also 15 artist proofs), published by Forty/Ninety, Inc.
37 x 27 inches (94 x 68.6 cm.)
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Along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein is one of the pioneers of American Pop Art. Interested in comic books and graphic design, his works paraphrase commercial and advertisement imagery, parodying the crude printing process of what he called ‘industrial painting’. Featuring thick outlines, bold colors and flat planes of stripes and Ben-Day dots, Lichtenstein confounded reality and artificiality, high art and mass culture.
Interior with Chair is part of the artist’s most famous series, Interiors, in which he showcases interior scenes of chic and upscale houses advertised on the Yellow Pages. The ready-made quality of the mass-media is combined with his unique painterly gesture by using clean and thick lines, flat planes, obscured perspective and bright primary colors. Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century, being an inspiration for many contemporary artists for his astute perspective on commercial art.