Roy Lichtenstein: Reverie

I had forgotten that my wife and I had bought two K12 Art Print Kits from a BOOKSALE outlet some time ago. One of them (American Art B) had a copy of Roy Lichtenstein’s 1965 Reverie (artist’s proof). The print measures 8 inches by 10 inches. (Click on the images to see higher-resolution versions.) Continue reading “Roy Lichtenstein: Reverie”

Roy Lichtenstein: Nurse

nurseThis morning I discovered that my blog had 123 views from 95 visitors (from 13 countries) yesterday (November 10, 2015). This is way beyond the usual 20 to 30 daily views I normally get. I found out that most of the traffic was from visitors using the search terms “roy lichtenstein nurse.” (A previous blog post showed a study for Nurse.)
It turns out that Roy Lichtenstein’s Nurse (1964) was sold last November 9, 2015 by Christie’s for US$ 95,365,000 (including fees), a new record for a Lichtenstein work. (The previous record was when his Woman with Flowered Hat (1963) was sold for $56,123,750 on May 15, 2013.)

Magellan’s Cross

A tour of Cebu City (done during the EARCOME 7 conference) is not complete without a visit to Magellan’s Cross. Shown above is the outside of the chapel housing the cross.

Shown above is a plaque located above an entrance of the chapel and created by the Philippines Historical Committee in 1941. (Click on the image to see a higher-resolution version.)

At the bottom of the cross is a sign that states:

Magellan’s Cross
This Cross of Tindalo Wood
Encases the Original Cross Planted
By Ferdinand Magellan On This Very Site
April 21, 1521

There is a mural on the ceiling signed by Serry M. Josol and Jess Roa. I didn’t have time to take lots of pictures so the photomontage above is the best I could do.

Roy Lichtenstein: Woman with Flowered Hat

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Roy Lichtenstein’s 1963 Woman with Flowered Hat has recently been sold by Christie’s for $56,123,750, a world auction record for Lichtenstein.  (I got the picture on the left from here.) Christie’s May 2013 Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale achieved $495 million, the highest total in auction history.  This painting was Lot 34 of Sale 2785, and was estimated to sell for around $30 million.

From the Lot Notes:

He had taken images and objects from popular culture and smuggled them into the realms of High Art. With the present work he began to reverse the process by converting the hallowed canon of art into “five-and-dime-store” pictures.

According to this blog (from which I got an image which I edited to get the picture on the right), Lichtenstein based his painting on Pablo Picasso’s 1939-1940 Femme au chapeau fleuri.

Electric Cord

(Originally posted at on August 3, 2012 8:37 AM)

A painting by Roy Lichtenstein that was reported stolen in 1970 was located a few weeks ago in a warehouse in New York City.  (More information can be found here.)

The painting Electric Cord is a 28″ x 18″ oil on canvas painted in 1961.  (I got the picture on the left from here.)  Leo Castelli bought it in the 1960s for $750 and sent it out to be cleaned in 1970 but never got it back.  Its current value is estimated at $4 million.

According to Wikipedia, Electric Cord was “part of a 1961 trilogy of common commercial goods” (along with Roto Broil and Turkey) “that are considered his first ‘full-fledged images’.”

I’m not particularly impressed by Electric Cord.  I think that Roy Lichtenstein’s other paintings (like Roto Broil) are better.

Tony DeZuniga

(Originally posted at on May 12, 2012 10:33 AM)


According to Wikipedia, Tony DeZuniga “was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was accepted by American publishers, paving the way for many other Filipino artists to do break into the international comic book industry.”  He passed away yesterday.

Last year my sister bought a print (shown on the left) by DeZuniga (the initials “adz” are on the lower right) and gave it to me as a gift.  The print is signed (but not numbered) and the paper size is 13 inches by 19 inches.  (I made some minor edits to the edges of the picture.)

The print is apparently a pinup (on page 57) from Savage Sword of Conan #59.  (The picture on the right was taken from here.)

Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles

(Originally posted at on March 10, 2012 9:47 AM)

When I was a child, I could not understand why people liked Jackson Pollock‘s paintings.  It was only when I read Richard Taylor’s Order in Pollock’s Chaos in the December 2002 Scientific American did I understand.  Taylor cites a paper he coauthored in Nature; its abstract starts: “Scientific objectivity proves to be an essential tool for determining the fundamental content of the abstract paintings produced by Jackson Pollock in the late 1940s.”  It turns out that Pollock’s paintings have fractal properties.  It was through mathematics that I was able to see the beauty in Pollock’s paintings.

The painting above is Pollock’s 1952 Blue Poles, which is featured prominently in Taylor’s article.  (I got the picture from here, where controversy about who really did the painting is discussed.)  It was bought in 1973 for US$2 million by the Australian Government and caused quite a scandal at the time.  In 2006, it was estimated to be worth between $100 million and $150 million.

Roy Lichtenstein at Christie’s

(Originally posted at on November 14, 2011 9:37 PM)

The auction house Christie’s has recently sold Roy Lichtenstein’s 1961 I Can See the Whole Room and There’s Nobody in it…  for $43,202,500 (including buyer’s premium).  (I got the picture on the left from here.)

Last November 2010, it sold his 1964 Ohhh…Alright… for $42,642,500 (including buyer’s premium).  (I got the picture on the right from here.)

It seems that these are currently the highest prices paid at auction for his work.