Roy LichtensteinInterior with Waterlilies 1991

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Roy Lichtenstein (1923‑1997)
Interior with Waterlilies
Date 1991
MediumOil paint and acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 3209 x 4553 x 65 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation in honour of Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein 1997
Not on display


This work is one of a series of paintings Lichtenstein made in the early 1990s depicting domestic interiors. Painted on a very large scale, they were inspired by a billboard advertisement for a furniture store Lichtenstein had seen outside Rome in 1989. Lichtenstein, a leading figure of American Pop art, is best known for his 1960s paintings derived from comic strip panels, such as Whaam! 1963 (Tate T00897). Throughout his career he continued to base his paintings on imagery from popular culture and the mass media. He sourced the images for this painting, as for others in his Interiors series, from advertisements found in the Yellow Pages.

In the US, Pop artists reacted against the Abstract Expressionism and post-painterly abstraction that prevailed in the art of the 1950s by incorporating imagery appropriated from popular culture and features of design into their work in an attempt to introduce aspects of life into art… (read more)

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