Roy Lichtenstein



Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was one of the most successful and influential artists of the 20th century, helping pioneer and define Pop Art in the 1960s.

Lichtenstein's signature style mined both images and techniques from comic books and advertisements, elevating them beyond their humble or banal sources. Using hand-painted, single-color Ben-Day dots, Lichtenstein emphasized the artificiality of his images by mimicking the look of commercial press production to the point that his own brushstrokes nearly disappeared. 

Pop Art raised important questions about appropriation, parody, consumer or visual culture, and the debate around what can be considered art. These themes are explored throughout Lichtenstein's oeuvre. 

Created in 1965, "Shipboard Girl" is an exceptional example of Lichtenstein's heroines and stands as one of his earliest prints featuring this distinctive aesthetic.

Framed by a close crop, the woman's face fills the page, her eyes shut and brows slightly furrowed as she throws her head back. While details of the ship deck, lifebuoy, and horizon begin to explain the events, they do not offer enough context to address the tension that permeates the scene. Are her eyes clenched shut because of pleasure or anxiety? 

"Shipboard Girl" is connected to Lichtenstein's important collaboration with the renowned New York gallerist, Leo Castelli. During this period, the artist would create imagery for promotion, circulating mailers and posters in preparation for upcoming shows. Many of these iconic works, including "Shipboard Girl", were also released as signed prints.

This work is included in numerous collections such as the National Gallery of Art (Washington) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

Today, Lichtenstein's art is featured in the permanent collection of every major American art museum, as well as prestigious institutions abroad such as the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Fukuoka Art Museum (Japan), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), and the National Gallery (Ottawa), among others.

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"Shipboard Girl"

USA, 1965

Offset lithograph printed in colors

Signed in pencil, from the edition of unknown size, on wove paper.

26.75"H 20.25"W (work)

32"H 25.25"W (framed)

Printed by Graphic Industries, Inc.

Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Note: colors are significantly yet evenly attenuated, yet presents well.

Detailed condition report available upon request.

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