I Love Liberty, 1982
From an edition of 250
38 2/5 x 27 1/9 inches (97.5 x 69 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.
I Love Liberty is one of the artist’s most popular works, portraying the ultimate symbol of American popular identity, the Statue of Liberty. The ready-made quality of mass- media is combined with a 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.