Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923 – 1997)
As I opened fire
One signed ‘R. Lichtenstein’ (lower right, in pencil)
Offset lithograph on wove paper
An edition of 3 parts from the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Each sheet measures 25 x 21 in. (63.5 x 52.3cm.)
This is one of the few signed examples as noted by Corlett in the catalogue raisonne of the artist's graphic work.
Published in Amsterdam, depicting the painting As I Opened Fire (1964) in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. The first prints were executed in 1966 and it is not clear if these are from that date but it is possible.
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1997, Corlett, pg. 324, App. 5
Roy Fox Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.