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.)

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.

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.

Roy Lichtenstein

(Originally posted at on December 9, 2010 8:35 AM)

Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorite pop artists.  I have two books that contain his work.

I bought Lichtenstein: Drawings & Prints (Wellfleet Books, 1988) at a National Book Store in the early 1990’s (I think).  While other art books cost more than a thousand pesos, I was elated to purchase this book for around 300 pesos (if I remember correctly).

The other book was given to me by my friend, Eduardo, much later.  Roy Lichtenstein’s ABC (Bullfinch Press, 1999) is a “mini-retrospective” for “art lovers, letter lovers, and those just cutting their teeth on the alphabet.”

The studies (Study for Nurse, 1964; Study for Frightened Girl, 1964) are from the Drawings & Prints book, while the paintings (Nurse, 1964; Frightened Girl, 1964) are from the ABC book.