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 1960's.

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

Artificiality, appropriation, parody, consumer culture, and the undying question "What is considered art?" were asked by Pop Art - and all play an obvious and essential role in Lichtenstein's oeuvre. 

Having achieved international recognition and success throughout the 1960's, Lichtenstein turned away form his comic book subjects and began experimenting with new subjects and styles. During this time he created a body of work exploring cubism, surrealism, and the limits of a 'signature style'.

This iconic poster was created to promote the exhibition "Dessins de Lichtenstein" ("Drawings of Lichtenstein") at the Centre National d'Art Contemporain (CNAC) in Paris from January 11th- February 16th, 1975. 

True to the exhibition's focus, Lichtenstein created a stripped-down, hand-drawn comic style image for the poster. "Knock Knock"  is an onomatopoeic phrase, not only mirroring the sound of knocking, but cleverly mirroring the acronym (CNAC) representing the publisher/venue where the exhibition was held. This word play pun perfectly showcases Lichtenstein's sense of humour within his signature style.  

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"Knock Knock"

USA, 1975

Offset lithograph on fine paper

Signed by the artist

27.5"H 18.9W (image)

28"H  20.5"W 1.25"D (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition

Publisher: Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris 

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