Interior with Restful Paintings
Date 1991
Medium Oil and Magna (acrylic) on canvas
Dimensions 300.5 x 292.4 x 6.5 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-337
Roy Lichtenstein began to use images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny in his paintings starting in 1957. In 1961 he extended this ‘borrowing’ to other images from American popular culture: golf balls, kitchen curtains, slices of pie, hot dogs and all manner of comic strips. In 1962 he exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery. Max Kozloff, in his significant article ‘“Pop” Culture, Metaphysical Disgust, and the New Vulgarians’, was the first to compare Dine, Oldenburg, Rosenquist and Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein also reworked images of modern art from Picasso to Mondrian, by way of Claude Monet. In 1969 a retrospective was dedicated to him at the Guggenheim Museum. His next three decades would also be marked by experimentation with new forms, such as the ‘mirror paintings’, circles or ovals with colours and a clever system of point interweaving. The Berardo Collection includes a Mirror from 1971. The great Interior is part of the ‘Interiors, Late’ series, paintings in a large format whose titles allude to the works of art placed within the painting, hung above a bed or, as here, above a sofa in a salon. This series was the focus of an exhibition in 1992 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. In his final years, Lichtenstein created numerous monumental works for public spaces. J-FC