Reflections on Soda Fountain, 1991
36 5/8 x 38 3/8 inches (93 x 97.5 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.
Reflections on Soda Fountain is part of the artist’s most famous series, Reflections, in which images are obscured by semi-abstracts patterned stripes simulating reflections, as if the scene was taking place behind a glass. In this particular piece, we are gazing at an elegant figure, pensive in front of a glass of soda, through the window of what seems to be a bar. 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.