Roy Lichtenstein

United States, b.1923, d.1997

Flowers

  • Purchased 1982
  • Screenprint
  • 410 x 255mm
  • 82/43
  • 1973

Op + Pop 6 February – 19 June 2016

Roy Lichtenstein’s Flowers is art about art; a parody both of cubism and of the long-established still life genre. Lichtenstein was a leading figure in

the American pop art movement from the 1960s. He began making still lifes in 1972, riffing off artists such as Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian while applying his adaptation of graphic comic book style and commercial printing techniques.

Flowers exists in multiple versions. The screenprint (and a Christmas card) followed a much larger work in paper collage, tape and marker on card.

earlier labels about this work
  • Brought to light, November 2009- 22 February 2011

    Besides Andy Warhol, the other most influential figure in the pop art movement, Roy Lichtenstein also blurred the distinction between high art and popular culture. His interest in the aesthetics of cartoons led him to create a distinctive technique featuring Ben-day dots, comic-style lettering and speech balloons juxtaposed with vibrant primary colours. Renowned for 'taking soulful subjects and painting them with cool', Lichtenstein here uses his signature style to reinvent one of the oldest clichés of still-life painting – a bouquet of flowers.